Hull City 2-1 Leicester City: Player ratings as Tigers stun Foxes in opener

Hull City shocked the defending Premier League champions Leicester City with a spirited performance in the first game of the 2016-2017 season. Here are the Tigers' ratings.

Hull City 2-1 Leicester City: Player ratings as Tigers stun Foxes in opener
Robert Snodgrass celebrates his winner. Photo/BPI

Despite numerous off the field troubles, Hull City were able to find a way past the Premier League champions Leicester City in the season opener.

But, on a day where Hull's first team squad came together for the good of the club, how did everyone fare individually? Let's take a look with some ratings.

Goalkeeper and defence 

​Eldin Jakupovic (7): ​Saved well at the feet of ​Christian Fuchs ​but that was his only major involvement in the first period. Other than the penalty, he saved everything that came to him and was consistent throughout.

Ahmed Elmohamady (7): Couldn't attack as much as he would have liked but was very stable when he was defending. He was hardly beaten down his side and played a key role in the winning goal.

Jake Livermore (8): For a makeshift centre-back, Livermore managed the game like he had been playing there his whole career. He showed great discipline and dealt with Jamie Vardy well including a crucial block towards the end of the first half.

Curtis Davies (9): Hull needed a leader especially when defending and it seemed like Davies stopped every through ball to Vardy and Ahmed Musa. He also posed a threat at the attacking end including having a header saved in the move for the first goal.

Andy Robertson (7): His job was arguably the hardest one on the pitch, keeping the PFA Player of the year Riyad Mahrez quiet. He had to concentrate throughout the game and, despite a couple of errors, he did so. 

Midfield and attack

David Meyler (7): He played a sloppy pass which lead to the penalty incident. Other than that his work rate was extremely high, something that kept Danny Drinkwater and Andy King quiet and kept the Tigers' midfield ticking over.

Sam Clucas (8): Had a great first team debut, despite playing completely out of position. The winger turned holding midfielder held and played the ball superbly and didn't once look fazed by the occasion.  

Tom Huddlestone (7): The controversial penalty was given against him but that was one of the few blemishes in what was a solid display for the English midfielder. As with Meyler and Clucas, Huddlestone worked tirelessly throughout the entire game, making the Tigers tick.

Snodgrass bagged the winner with time to spare (photo: Getty Images)
Snodgrass bagged the winner with time to spare (photo: Getty Images)

Robert Snodgrass (9): His excellent deliveries caused the Leicester defence problems and won countless amounts of free-kicks. Scored the winner to cap off a wonderful return to the Premier League for the Scottish winger.

Adama Diomande (8): Given what his first season in English football was like, Tigers fans will be extremely happy with Diomande's performance. He has been credited with the acrobatic shot which put Hull ahead right on the stroke of half time.

Abel Hernandez (7): Played a very isolated game as Hull sat back and soaked up the champions pressure. On another day, Hernandez would have been given the opener. He had a few half chances but nothing to test Kasper Schmeichel.