Hull City 4 Millwall 1: Tigers run riot in rampant victory
HULL City demolished Millwall 4-1 to record their best start to a season in eight years this afternoon.
A superb first-half display from the Tigers was the platform for a handsome victory as goals from Robert Koren, Jay Simpson, Abdoulaye Faye and Sone Aluko fired them into a 4-0 lead at the break.
Darius Henderson pulled a goal back for the Lions on the hour mark as City's prolific best faded but back-to-back wins for Steve Bruce's men were never in doubt.
Racking up a third consecutive home victory at the start of the season for the first time since 1983, the Tigers marched up the Championship table.
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And not since Peter Taylor's men began the 2004-05 season with a bang have City been so quick out of the blocks.
City simply ran riot during a dazzling first half performance.
Millwall's dubious defensive shape was not fit for task against the Tigers lively attack and the inevitable opener came after 14 minutes. Koren's shot from distance was sweetly-struck and flew past a statuesque Maik Taylor in the visitors' goal.
Stephen Quinn and Simpson both missed good chances for a second but the floodgates would eventually swing open after the half hour mark.
Quinn's perfectly-weighted cross found Simpson in space inside the box and the in-form striker produced an immaculate control and finish for City's second.
A delightful third came five minutes later when Koren's pass allowed James Chester to roll his marker and set up Faye for a simple downward header.
The Tigers were an irresistible force and bagged a fourth after 40 minutes. A clear foul on Simpson was overlooked for Aluko to take advantage and power his shot through the legs of Taylor.
It was the complete first half performance and almost got even better when Quinn's fierce shot was kept out by Taylor at the second attempt.
No mercy was shown after the break and the excellent Ahmed Elmohamady almost grabbed the goal his play deserved only for Taylor to tip his shot against the crossbar.
Millwall managed to grab a goal back when Alan Dunne's cross was converted by Darius Henderson but it could not detract from a memorable City display.