Fraizer Campbell’s first-half brace condemned Brentford to a Sky Bet Championship defeat against Hull City.
The former Manchester United man struck with two predatory efforts, leaving The Bees with a mountain to climb after just 21 minutes of play. Brentford looked better after the break - Saïd Benrahma coming close on a couple of occasions – but it was the hosts who earned the three points on a freezing afternoon in East Yorkshire.
Thomas Frank made two changes to the side that suffered defeat against Swansea City last Saturday. Kamohelo Mokotjo was selected in the heart of midfield alongside Nico Yennaris and Romaine Sawyers, and Julian Jeanvier – making his first appearance for The Bees since September - partnered Chris Mepham at centre-back.
Having collected an Ollie Watkins pass inside the Hull area, Benrahma dropped a shoulder before bending narrowly wide of the far post on four minutes. Mokotjo saw a long-range effort deflect off Daniel Batty during a positive opening spell for Frank’s side.
The Tigers took the lead on 13 minutes with their first attack of the game; Kamil Grosicki’s scuffed shot bounced over Daniel Bentley and Fraizer Campbell was at hand to fire home from close range. It was a blow for Brentford who had started the brighter at The KCOM Stadium.
Campbell doubled his and Hull’s tally eight minutes later. Henrik Dalsgaard was robbed of possession at right-back, allowing Jackson Irvine a clear path into The Bees’ area. The Australian international’s shot was parried by Bentley, and once again it was a case of right place, right time for Campbell who tucked away on the rebound.
A one-two between Nico Yennaris and Ollie Watkins had Hull as sixes and sevens on 32 minutes, but the former’s first-time effort was fired straight down the throat of David Marshall.
Benrahma dipped a free-kick well wide of Marshall’s post shortly after the interval as Brentford sought to reduce the deficit.
Moses Odubajo and Sergi Canós was introduced shortly after the hour mark and it was the latter who threatened three minutes after crossing the white line, fizzing a low shot wide of the near post from the right-hand side of the area.
Brentford had a glorious opportunity to find the net on 67 minutes but Benrahma blazed over the bar having received a square pass from Neal Maupay. The Algerian added to the shot tally again on 73 minutes, landing a free-kick from the edge of the area on the roof of Marshall’s net.
The Bees enjoyed plenty of possession during the closing stages, but a resolute Tigers defence secured a victory for the hosts.
Hull City: Marshall, Kane, Elphick, Mazuch, Kingsley, Bowen, Henriksen, Batty (Fleming 89), Grosicki (Stewart 74), Irvine, Campbell (Keane 80)
Subs not used: Dicko, Long, McKenzie, Martin
Brentford: Bentley, Henry, Mepham, Yennaris (Dasilva 76), Maupay, Watkins, Mokotjo (Canós 62), Sawyers, Benrahma, Dalsgaard (Odubajo 62), Jeanvier
Subs not used: Daniels, McEachran, Konsa, Barbet
Bookings: Jeanvier (56)