Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Hull City 2.
Hull maintained their perfect start to the League One season with a routine victory at Northampton.
The visitors never hit top gear in a low-quality contest but first-half goals from Keane Lewis-Potter and George Honeyman were more than sufficient in making it three wins from three.
Sam Hoskins had an early shot blocked and Joseph Mills saw his free-kick beaten away by Matt Ingram, while Lewis-Potter whistled an effort just wide for the visitors.
Hull had been second best for the first 34 minutes but they then struck against the run of play when Honeyman's free-kick was headed home by an unmarked Lewis-Potter.
And the visitors made it 2-0 a minute before half-time as debutant Hakeeb Adelakun slipped through Honeyman and he slotted the ball past goalkeeper Steve Arnold.
Greg Docherty had a chance to kill the game in first-half stoppage-time as he slashed an effort wide, but Hull rarely looked in trouble in a very scrappy second half.
Adelakun and James Scott had the best chances to add a third goal after the break but Arnold foiled both.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 15RacicSubstituted forAdamsat 84'minutes
- 45MarshallSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 72'minutes
- 8WatsonBooked at 69mins
- 27MissilouBooked at 33mins
- 20WarburtonSubstituted forNuttallat 54'minutes
- 4de WijsBooked at 26mins
- 33DochertyBooked at 52mins
- 16AdelakunSubstituted forScottat 70'minutes
- 27MagennisBooked at 30mins
- 19Lewis-PotterSubstituted forBattyat 88'minutes
- Alan Young
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Hull City 2.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Steve Arnold.
Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua Emmanuel with a cross.
Daniel Batty (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nicky Adams (Northampton Town).
Attempt blocked. Cian Bolger (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Martin.
Substitution, Hull City. Daniel Batty replaces Keane Lewis-Potter.
Foul by Josh Magennis (Hull City).
Cian Bolger (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Nicky Adams replaces Luka Racic.
Offside, Northampton Town. Cian Bolger tries a through ball, but Joe Nuttall is caught offside.
Attempt saved. James Scott (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Keane Lewis-Potter with a cross.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Josh Magennis.
Offside, Hull City. Alfie Jones tries a through ball, but Reece Burke is caught offside.
James Scott (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Luka Racic (Northampton Town).
Substitution, Northampton Town. Caleb Chukwuemeka replaces Mark Marshall.