Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic scored the goals as Hull beat 10-man Sunderland to win in the Premier League for the first time this year.

Black Cats defender Wes Brown was sent off in just the fourth minute for a foul on Long on the edge of the box.

Long then glanced in a header from six yards to put Hull in front after Jake Livermore shot into the turf.

And Jelavic scored his first goal for the Tigers with a header from similar range as they climbed into 10th.

Hull's 'total domination' pleases Bruce

The win was Hull's first in the league since a 6-0 defeat of Fulham on 28 December, and only their second away from the KC Stadium this season.

And it was particularly sweet for manager Steve Bruce on his first return to the Stadium of Light since his sacking in November 2011.

Defeat ended Sunderland's three-match winning run as they slipped to 17th, with Brown's red card the team's fifth since Gus Poyet took over in October.

Sunderland red cards under Poyet

  • 2 November v Hull: Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena
  • 23 November v Stoke: Wes Brown (later rescinded)
  • 21 December v Norwich: Wes Brown
  • 8 February v Hull: Wes Brown

The former Manchester United defender was dismissed for the third time this season after bringing down Long following a stray back-pass from full-back Phil Bardsley.

Poyet bolstered his defence by bringing on Santiago Vergini for his league debut in place of striker Fabio Borini, and the Argentine went close to giving Sunderland the lead with his first touch, shooting wide after Ki Sung-Yueng's overhead kick.

But the home side's resistance with 10 men was short-lived as Hull took the lead through a predatory finish from Long.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone brilliantly pushed Livermore's first-time shot over and, when the midfielder looped in a shot following the corner, Long reacted quickest to flick home a header.

Early red card ruined game plan - Poyet

It was the Republic of Ireland striker's second goal in as many games for his new club after joining from West Bromwich Albion in January.

With England manager Roy Hodgson watching from the stands, Adam Johnson had a chance to stake his claim for a World Cup place but the Sunderland winger saw little of the ball.

And his well-struck volley, which was well held by Steve Harper, was as close as he came to scoring.

But Sunderland did come close to an equaliser when Ki's shot deflected off Paul McShane and Harper had to push it wide for a corner.

At the other end, Jelavic dragged an effort wide after David Meyler's pass sent him clear, but the former Everton striker's wait for a first league goal this season soon ended.

Maynor Figueroa's hopeful shot from 25 yards looped up after hitting Vergini and Jelavic headed in from 10 yards.

The two-goal margin gave Bruce the luxury of being able to bring on striker Sone Aluko for his first appearance since undergoing an Achilles operation in October.

And the Nigeria forward went close to marking his comeback with a goal, but Mannone got down well to beat away his low shot from distance.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"It's difficult to analyse. Everything was set to have a great afternoon of football and after three minutes, it became really difficult.

"Playing 85 minutes with one less, it's even more difficult, so I'm not going to kill myself analysing the game because it's not worth it.

"We need to erase this and just keep believing that we were good before 3pm today. We were getting better and we were a difficult team to play against and we need to make sure this doesn't affect anything that we were doing before."

Hull City manager Steve Bruce on Long and Jelavic:

"They work hard for the cause and they are a good pair of strikers. I wouldn't want to play against them because they caused all sorts of problems today.

"If you look at all the teams in the bottom half of the division, we can't afford an [Sergio] Aguero or a [Alvaro] Negredo or a [Luis] Suarez, and that's the hardest part.

"For all the wonderful possession we had, we still needed to stick the ball in the back of the net and they have done it today."

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 28 Alonso
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked (Wickham - 76' )
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown Dismissed
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng (Gardner - 70' )
  • 14 Colback
  • 17 Altidore
  • 11 Johnson
  • 31 Borini (Vergini - 12' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Larsson
  • 08 Gardner
  • 10 Wickham
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 27 Vergini
  • 32 Ustari
  • 33 Cattermole

Hull City

  • 22 Harper
  • 02 Rosenior Booked (Koren - 45' )
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 15 McShane
  • 06 Davies
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 14 Livermore Booked
  • 18 Jelavic Booked (Aluko - 78' )
  • 21 Long (Brady - 89' )
  • 07 Meyler

Substitutes

  • 04 Bruce
  • 10 Koren
  • 11 Brady
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 17 Boyd
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 24 Aluko
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 42,810

Match Stats

Shots

7 25

On target

3 9

Corners

2 6

Fouls

12 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 0, Hull City 2.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Hull City 2.

90:00 +2:07

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

90:00 +2:07

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:15

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:15

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

89:36

Robbie Brady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:36

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

88:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robbie Brady replaces Shane Long.

87:49

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:49

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

86:30

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

85:53

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:57

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

84:57

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:37

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

82:46

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

81:36

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

81:01

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

80:58

Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long with a headed pass.

79:56

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

77:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces Nikica Jelavic.

76:44

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:44

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

76:39

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

75:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Connor Wickham replaces Liam Bridcutt.

74:35

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

72:58

Offside, Hull City. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

72:23

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:23

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

72:04

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

72:04

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:45

Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Meyler.

70:30

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

70:27

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long with a cross.

69:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces Ki Sung-Yueng.

68:03

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

65:50

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

65:50

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:30

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

63:30

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 0, Hull City 2. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

61:42

Attempt blocked. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

61:11

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:11

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

60:05 Booking

Booking Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:03

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

60:03

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:58

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

56:58

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:21

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Meyler.

54:27

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Steve Harper.

54:24

Attempt saved. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

52:29

Attempt missed. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

51:54

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

48:19

Offside, Sunderland. Vito Mannone tries a through ball, but Jozy Altidore is caught offside.

48:01

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

48:01

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:17

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by John O'Shea.

45:40

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:40

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 0, Hull City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robert Koren replaces Liam Rosenior.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 0, Hull City 1.

45:00 +1:44 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:42

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:42

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

45:00 +0:36

Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:43

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:43

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

43:34

Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

42:56

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

42:56

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:12

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

41:12

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:19 Booking

Booking Jake Livermore (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:11

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

40:11

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:39

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

35:39

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:22

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:22

Foul by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

31:52

Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

31:13

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Meyler.

30:46

Shane Long (Hull City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

29:36

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

27:10

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Hull City) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

25:33

Offside, Hull City. Nikica Jelavic tries a through ball, but Ahmed Elmohamady is caught offside.

25:26

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a cross.

23:35

Attempt saved. Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Colback.

20:51

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a cross.

19:32

Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

18:48

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

18:47

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

15:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 0, Hull City 1. Shane Long (Hull City) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Livermore following a corner.

15:54

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:13

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

15:10

Attempt saved. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a cross.

11:45

Attempt missed. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

11:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Santiago Vergini replaces Fabio Borini.

10:43 Booking

Booking Liam Rosenior (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

10:38

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:38

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Hull City).

6:50

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:50

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Hull City).

5:47

Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:47

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

4:18

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

3:08 Dismissal

Dismissal Wes Brown (Sunderland) is shown the red card.

2:59

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

2:59

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:21

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:21

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

0:27

Offside, Hull City. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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