Hull City remain unbeaten on the pitch but the turmoil continues off it after 3-1 pre-season win

Hull defeated Caykur Rizespor just a couple of hours after their star player signed for Newcastle United.

Hull City remain unbeaten on the pitch but the turmoil continues off it after 3-1 pre-season win
Hernandez is brought down for the penalty. (Photo: Hull City)

Hull City put aside their turbulent pre-season off the pitch as a strong team defeated Turkish club Caykur Rizespor 3-1.

Hernandez double seals victory 

With a starting line-up unlikely to be too dissimilar from the one that is probable to begin the Premier League season against Leicester City a week on Saturday, alarm bells would have been ringing as early as the second minute.

A makeshift defence including Tom Huddlestone were unable to clear their lines as Rizespor took the lead.

The Tigers soon grew into the game as Adama Diomande forced a save, before Abel Hernandez was brought down in the penalty area on 29 minutes.

The Uruguayan stepped up to draw Hull level with a strike in the bottom corner and the teams went into the break at 1-1.

It took just ten minutes into the second half for Hernandez to double his tally with a well-taken header. Huddlestone, Robert Snodgrass and David Meyler all went close for Hull, before Snodgrass half-volleyed the Tigers into a 3-1 lead.

Diomande had a shot saved late on after a relatively comfortable evening in Austria for the Premier League club.

"We are together as a team"

Half-time substitutes Jake Livermore and Eldin Jakupovic had spoken earlier in the day about how the squad focus was firmly on the matches at hand.

Livermore explained he was "looking forward to getting minutes under my belt" after an injury lay-off, whilst Jakupovic suggested "we are together as a team and the players are focused on what they have to do".

Livermore will be delighted to get through 45 minutes (photo : Twitter / Hull City )
Livermore will be delighted to get through 45 minutes. (Photo: Hull City)

Hull have one more game to play in Austria against Italian club Torino, as they continue the tour without a manager and first team coach.

Gianfranco Zola was expected to be announced on Wednesday as the new boss but news did not prevail. Sources suggest Chris Coleman is still "interested in talking to the club" despite the Welsh FA rejecting an approach and Wales international Sam Ricketts claiming "Hull are not big enough for Chris Coleman."

The managerial problems are just one reason why Hull City fans are unhappy with the Allam family who own the club.

They announced today that a protest will be staged before the opening day fixture against Leicester and the news that star midfielder Mo Diame has today signed for Newcastle United will only add more fuel to the fire.