Match ends, Rochdale 0, Hull City 3.
Hull underlined their League One promotion credentials with a routine 3-0 win at Rochdale.
There was an early threat from the home side when Jake Beesley almost got on the end of an Aaron Morley free-kick but the Tigers quickly took control.
A slick move down the left channel ended with George Honeyman side-footing over the top before Callum Elder's delivery narrowly evaded Josh Magennis.
Hull opened the scoring from a straightforward corner routine in the 20th minute when Elder's in-swinger was met at the back post by Mallik Wilks and his powerful header left Gavin Bazunu with little chance.
It took a strong hand from Bazunu to keep out Keane Lewis-Potter's shot at the start of the second half and Dale briefly threatened, with Morley's drive just off target and Matty Lund seeing a volleyed effort blocked.
However, Hull were always in control and all-but secured the result in the 73rd minute when Wilks fired home his second.
And just two minutes later they were 3-0 up when Honeyman's cross was headed home by Magennis.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 5McShaneSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 54'minutes
- 21LundBooked at 81minsSubstituted forDoneat 85'minutes
- 20RyanSubstituted forDooleyat 59'minutes
- 11BeesleyBooked at 67mins
- 33DochertySubstituted forSlaterat 76'minutes
- 6SmallwoodSubstituted forJonesat 80'minutes
- 27MagennisSubstituted forEavesat 76'minutes
- Gavin Ward
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Hull City 3.
Offside, Rochdale. Aaron Morley tries a through ball, but Tolaji Bola is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Aaron Morley (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Hand ball by Mallik Wilks (Hull City).
Offside, Hull City. Keane Lewis-Potter tries a through ball, but Tom Eaves is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Alex Newby (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eoghan O'Connell.
Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).
Mallik Wilks (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Rochdale. Matt Done replaces Matthew Lund.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Aaron Morley.
Attempt blocked. Mallik Wilks (Hull City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by George Honeyman.
Attempt missed. Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).
Callum Elder (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Hull City. Alfie Jones replaces Richard Smallwood.
Attempt blocked. Mallik Wilks (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Eaves.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Reece Burke.
Substitution, Hull City. Tom Eaves replaces Josh Magennis.