Tigers roar to a third straight win with EFL Cup victory at Exeter
Hull continued their fine start to the season, but only after they were given a scare by Sky Bet League Two Exeter.
Jake Taylor gave Exeter the lead with a stunning long-range strike, but joint Premier League leaders Hull hit back to win 3-1 with two goals from Adama Diomande and a Robert Snodgrass strike.
After a relatively even first 15 minutes, Hull came within a whisker of taking the lead when the dangerous Diomande cut in from the left wing and curled a shot against the face of the crossbar.
Exeter's Liam McAlinden then rounded Dusan Kuciak, but the Tigers' goalkeeper did well to recover and make the save.
Exeter went in front after 24 minutes when Taylor collected the ball 30 yards out and unleashed a stunning strike that flew into the top corner.
The lead did not last long, though, as Hull equalised almost immediately. Shaun Maloney crossed from the right and Diomande headed in from close range.
Ryan Harley shot wastefully wide after great work by McAlinden as Exeter threatened once more, while Diomande was off target before Christy Pym made a fine stop to deny Greg Luer as Hull ended the first half in the ascendency.
Exeter started the second half well with Harley and Joel Grant off target from distance, while the impressive Lloyd James blasted a free-kick just wide.
Hull did not threaten until the 65th minute when Diomande was again off target from Andrew Robertson's cross and then Tom Huddlestone struck the upright with a deflected shot.
However, Hull went in front in the 78th minute when Diomande rifled in from 10 yards after linking well with Greg Olley.
It was harsh on Exeter, who had been enjoying their best spell of the game, and the contest was effectively ended after 82 minutes when substitute Snodgrass curled in a free-kick from 25 yards after a foul by Jordan Tillson.
Exeter battled on with Grant trying his luck from distance but Kuciak was equal to it, while Snodgrass came close to adding a fourth in time added on.
For Hull boss Mike Phelan, it was a third straight win and the travelling fans again sung their support for the Tigers' interim manager.
As for Exeter, it was a gallant showing from a youthful side which again included 15-year-old sensation Ethan Ampadu, who was named the sponsors' man of the match.