Derby County 0 Hull City 3
Hull City took a significant step towards regaining their Premier League status at the first attempt with an emphatic 3-0 win at Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final on Saturday.
A 22nd goal of the season from Hull's prolific Uruguayan Abel Hernandez and an unfortunate deflected own goal by Derby's Jason Shackell silenced Pride Park in the first half.
With the toothless home side having barely fashioned a chance, Scottish international Andy Robertson sealed the visitors' triumph deep into stoppage time with a fine shot after a swift counter-attack.
The surprisingly comfortable win leaves Hull in the driving seat with the second leg at their KCOM Stadium on Tuesday.
No team have overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit in a Championship playoff so, with Sheffield Wednesday beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 in the opening leg of the other semi on Friday, an all-Yorkshire final at Wembley looms on May 28th.
Hull finished fourth in the regular season, five points and one place ahead of Derby, and Steve Bruce's side quickly demonstrated their superiority after a bright start from the hosts when Hernandez fired a low shot past Scott Carson.
The former England goalkeeper looked slow to get down to the strike but there was nothing he could do about the second goal when he was left helplessly stranded as Moses Odubajo’s shot was redirected by two deflections, the last off Shackell.
Robertson added Hull’s third goal eight minutes into added time leaving shell-shocked Derby, the only team to win a league game at Hull in the regular season, with a mountain to climb.