Vital win lifts City
Hull City win away against Nottingham Forest and climb out of the bottom three
The Tigers win 2-0 against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground
Jon Toral and Harry Wilson both scored in the first half to give Hull City a fully deserved three points.
Harry Wilson made his first start for City as one of three changes on Nigel Adkins’ teamsheet. Will Keane and Toral replaced Fraizer Campbell and Nouha Dicko.
The Tigers set up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Keane the lone attacker.
Forest made a bright start but the Tigers saw off the early threat and countered to win a penalty seven minutes in when Wilson was brought down inside the box. Toral took the spot kick but saw his effort pushed away by Costel Pantilimon for a corner. The goalkeeper’s celebrations were cut short, however, as Toral made immediate amends by finding the space to head home from Seb Larsson’s set-piece delivery.
Jarrod Bowen curled an effort wide after cutting in from the right before Forest almost drew level when Matty Cash’s clever run ended with a low shot against Allan McGregor’s left-hand post.
Keane saw a clever effort deflect over the bar after being nicely set up by Bowen just inside the box, earning a corner from which Forest were able to break away four-on-three in their favour, but a poor pass meant the Tigers survived.
A fine ball from Wilson had Bowen scampering away down the right ten minutes before the break, but he couldn’t make anything of it when inside the box.
It wouldn’t be long, though, before Hull City doubled their lead with a goal of real quality. Jackson Irvine freed Bowen and he drove to the edge of the box before slipping a pass right for Keane. His low ball across the face of goal was perfect, and Wilson was there to apply a close-range finish.
Keane could have added a third before the break when he was teed up by Toral just inside the area, but a powerful shot was kept out by Pantilimon.
Forest had appeals for a penalty turned down early in the second half when Adlene Guedioura went down under a challenge before Ben Osborn was presented with a chance inside the box but couldn’t find the space to get a shot away.
The Tigers made their first change just seven minutes after the break when Kevin Stewart replaced Toral, leaving Irvine to push further up the field.
A chance to make it 3-0 arrived just a minute later when Larsson got to the byeline and played a low ball into the box, Bowen firing over on the turn from six yards.
Larsson picked up a booking, his tenth of the campaign, on the hour when he illegally ended a dangerous run from Cash before a second change saw Adama Diomande replace Wilson with 20 minutes to play.
A third and final change brought Campbell on for Keane with the Tigers still good value for their lead heading into the final ten minutes.
Ola Aina made an important clearance to deny Joe Lolley with Forest desperately searching for something to lift them, but in truth City always looked comfortable as they saw the game out with ease to record only a second away league success of the season.
Nottingham Forest: Costel Pantilimon, Eric Lichaj (Lee Tomlin 46), Michael Mancienne, Adlene Guedioura (Joe Lolley 77), Ben Osborn, Danny Fox, Matty Cash, Jack Colback, Kieran Dowell, Apostolos Vellios (Daryl Murphy 61), Joe Worrall.
Subs Not Used: Jordan Smith, Tobias Figueiredo, Tendayi Darikwa, Ben Watson.
Hull City: Allan McGregor, Ola Aina, Michael Hector, Angus MacDonald, Max Clark, Sebastian Larsson, Jackson Irvine, Jarrod Bowen, Jon Toral (Kevin Stewart 52), Harry Wilson (Adama Diomande 70), Will Keane (Fraizer Campbell 74).
Subs Not Used: David Marshall, Nouha Dicko, Evandro, Fikayo Tomori.
Referee: Mr O. Langford.