After Carlos Cuellar’s own goal had given the Tigers the lead, Lee Cattermole and Andreas Dossena were given their marching orders for horror challenges on the stroke of half-time.
The Tigers took the lead when Liam Rosenior’s cross to the near post flicked off Cuellar’s head into the net after a tussle with Yannick Sagbo.
Sunderland’s task became harder when keeper Kieren Westwood went off injured and then Cattermole was shown a straight red for an x-rated tackle on Ahmed Elmohamady.
Worse was to come when Dossena was given his marching orders for a studs-up challenge on David Meyler on the half-way line.
With their two-man advantage, Hull dominated with Elmohamady heading over and Jake Livermore hitting the post from distance. But Sunderland did not concede any more goals in the closing stages and could have equalised when sub Adam Johnson shot straight at Steve Harper from close range.
The defeat leaves them in the drop zone while Hull are in the top half of the table.
Pre Match – Borini starts: The hero from last weekend’s derby against Newcastle was picked in the starting line-up as Gus Poyet has a full squad to choose from.
24’ - GOAL: Rosenior’s cross from the right is headed into his own net by Cuellar after a tussle with Sagbo.
42’ SUBSTITUTION: Kieren Westwood goes off after a collision with McShane and is replaced by Vito Mannone.
45+1 – RED CARD: Cattermole is shown a straight red after a ferocious challenge on Elmohamady
45’+5: RED CARD: Dossena gets an early bath for a studs up challenge on Meyler on the half-way line.
55’ – HULL CHANCE: Elmohamady heads over from close range after a good cross on the left from Figueroa.
58’ – LIVERMORE GOES CLOSE: The midfielder’s deflected strike from 20 yards is well saved by Mannone.
78’ CHANCE: Johnson should have equalised after being put through but fires his effort straight at Harper.
79’ - POST: Livermore rattles the woodwork with a shot from 25 yards out.
Talking Point: Sunderland’s ill-discipline: Sunderland lost their heads in first-half-stoppage time. Cattermole and Dossena can have few complaints about their sendings off, both needless challenges.
Lee Cattermole has been sent off seven times in the Premier League
Hull remain unbeaten at home in the league this season
MAN OF THE MATCH:
Jake Livermore (Hull City): The midfielder hit the post with a sweet effort and was the most creative of Hull’s midfielders.
Hull City: Harper 7, Rosenior 7, Figueroa 6, Davies 6, McShane 6, Huddlestone 7, Livermore 8, Elmohamady 7, Boyd 6, Meyler 6, Sagbo 6. Subs: Koren 5, Brady 5, Proschwitz 5.
Sunderland: Westwood 6, Bardsley 6, Dossena 4, O'Shea 5, Cuellar 6, Cattermole 4, Colback 5, Larsson 6, Borini 5, Fletcher 6, Altidore 5. Subs: Mannone 6, Brown 4, Johnson 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET