Exeter City 1-3 Hull City: Player ratings as Tigers defeat Grecians

Hull City's 100% start to the 2016/17 season is still intact after coming through a potentially difficult game at St. James' Park on Tuesday night.

Exeter City 1-3 Hull City: Player ratings as Tigers defeat Grecians
Adama Diomande celebrates his equaliser on Tuesday night. HullDailyMail

Hull City's unbeaten start to the season was extended to three games as they beat League Two Exeter City in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Here is who performed well and who needs to put in extra work before the home game with Manchester United at the weekend.

​Goalkeeper and defence

Dusan Kuciak:​ Had a steady game on his debut. He could have done nothing about the Grecians' stunning long range opener. He had to make a few routine saves in the second half, which he did well. (6 out of 10)

Ahmed Elmohamady:​ Given the armband for the evening and conducted his game with complete professionalism throughout. He was also given the opportunity to attack down the right hand side and delivered a few testing crosses into the box. (7)

Jake Livermore: ​Playing out of position but, yet again, didn't look like it. Made many timely interceptions during periods of Exeter pressure and again showed that commendable attitude that has given success so far this term. (6) 

​Harry Maguire: ​In his first game back from an ankle injury which has kept him out since April, Maguire staked a claim for a key role in the Tigers' Premier League campaign. He will continue to improve and a performance like this will certainly keep him in contention for a league return this Saturday. (7)

​Josh Tymon: ​Not the debut the homegrown talent would have wanted as he looked nervous in possession and was forced off with an injury after half an hour. (5)

Diomande scores for Hull. | Image source: Hull Daily Mail
Diomande scores for Hull. | Image source: Hull Daily Mail

​Midfield and attack

​David Meyler: Played in a defensive role for much of the game. He could have taken more care of the ball at times. As committed as always ​but it wasn't a complete display for the Ireland International. (5)

​Shaun Maloney: Not as effective as he was at Swansea on Saturday but still played a key part in the second goal. He saw plenty of the ball in central areas but was caught out on the defensive a number of times. (6) 

Jarrod Bowen: Had some clever touches on the right hand side and his deliveries were good as well, putting the ball on a plate for Diomande's first goal. He was denied a goal himself when the Exeter keeper kept out his header from point blank range. A promising talent. (7)

Greg Olley: Started brightly, playing some brilliant through balls to Luer. Continued to play balls through to Luer and Diomande throughout the game and should've won a penalty after being tripped in the box. (7)

Adama Diomande: Pulled the Tiger's level minutes after the hosts took the lead and then found the net again later on to take his season tally to three. Linked up play well and used his pace and strength to dominate the host's defence. (8)

​Greg Luer: Made runs to stretch the hosts defence but his play with his back to goal needs work. Was taken off after a rough challenge which capped off an uneasy night. (5)


​Robert Snodgrass: Came on to find the net for his second of the season from a free kick which wrapped the game up for the Tigers. (6)

Andrew Robertson: Came on to replace the injured Tymon after 30 minutes. Was steady and rarely challenged. (6)

Tom Huddlestone: Made sure his team wouldn't throw away the lead and was also unlucky to see his left effort deflected onto the frame of the goal. Calm and collected as he has been for a while now. (7)