A scrappy first half saw Huddlestone clip the outside of David Stockdale’s post and Yannick Sagbo go close with a curling shot. Fulham mustered just one effort of note, a John Arne Riise shot that was blocked by Allan McGregor.
Hull started the second half quickly, and after Stockdale had blocked from Sagbo and Robert Koren, the resulting corner was stabbed home by Ahmed Elmohamady. A neat Sagbo cross then resulted in a first goal in nearly four years for Robert Koren; minutes later George Boyd scored his first Premier League goal with a low drive from just inside the box.
Hull were utterly dominant, and Huddlestone got the goal he deserved on his 27th birthday after a poor Riise clearance – immediately rushing to the touchline to have some of his infamous locks snipped off, having grown it long to mark a two-and-a-half year dry spell.
And it was his 35-yard free kick that led to Hull’s fifth, Matty Fryatt stabbing home after the ball came back off the crossbar.
The Fulham keeper was having a day to forget and he fumbled a soft shot from Danny Graham on 83 minutes, the ball falling to Koren for a simple finish.
It was Hull’s biggest-ever Premier League victory, leaving the dismal Cottagers to pick up the pieces for their two huge home games against West Ham and Sunderland.
6’ – CHANCE: A cracking shot from the left side of the box for Riise, but McGregor blocks well. Lovely move involving four Fulham players to set it up.
29’ - CHANCE: a barnstorming run by Figueroa well into the Fulham half; offloads to Sagbo, who tries a curler into the far corner of Stockdale's goal, which creeps just wide of the far post.
48’ – GOAL (Hull 1-0 Fulham): Elmohamady clips the ball home after a Huddlestone corner, stabbing the ball into the top corner as he fell backwards.
59’ – GOAL (Hull 2-0 Fulham): A lovely first-time cross from Sagbo; is met by Hull skipper Koren, to fire home his first league goal in nearly 4 years.
62’ – GOAL (Hull 3-0 Fulham): A classy through-ball from Livermore finds Boyd, who turns and fires across Stockdale from the edge of the box for his first Premier League goal.
66’ - GOAL (Hull 4-0 Fulham): Huddlestone collects a poor clearance from Riise and coolly slides it through a mass of bodies to score. He then runs to the Hull bench and has some of his hair cut off.
73’ – GOAL (Hull 5-0 Fulham): A 35-yard free-kick from Huddlestone is tipped onto the bar by Stockdale, but Matty Fryatt is first to the rebound and fires home for HIS first Premier League goal.
83’ - GOAL (Hull 6-0 Fulham): Koren again. A soft shot from near the penalty spot by Graham is fumbled by Stockdale - and Koren is on had to stab home.
TALKING POINT: What now for Fulham? Rene Meulensteen took the surprising decision to significantly change the starting line-up that had taken all three points at Norwich. Did this have an effect? Fulham never got started, and now they have to face fellow strugglers West Ham and Sunderland with their confidence in tatters.
Fulham have conceded the first goal of the game on 14 occasions this season; more often than any other Premier League side.
Fulham are the only team that Hull City have faced more than once at home in the Premier League and maintained a 100% win rate (P3 W3).
This is Fulham’s 13th season in the Premier League and only once (2-0 v Stoke in 2010) have they won their final game of the year.
MAN OF THE MATCH:
Tom Huddlestone (Hull City): Pulled the strings throughout; played some lovely touches, provided some assists, and scored a fine goal to finally lose his overgrown locks.
Hull City: McGregor 6, Chester 6, Davies 6, Rosenior 7, Figueroa 6, Huddlestone 9, Livermore 8, Elmohamady 7, Boyd 8, Koren 7, Sagbo 6, Graham 6; Subs: McShane 6, Fryatt 7.
Fulham: Stockdale 4, Zverotic 5, Hughes 5, Amorebieta 5, Riise 5, Dejagah 6, Sidwell 6, Karagounis 5, Kasami 5; Ruiz 5; Rodallega 4, Bent 5. Subs; Kacaniklic 5, Richardson 5.
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Tom Huddlestone
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- David Stockdale
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