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Posted Sat 16 Jan 16 at 17:44 PM

Hull City 6 Charlton 0

Olly Groome reports from the KC Stadium

Charlton suffered their heaviest defeat for more than 32 years, conceding six goals without reply against Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday. 

Abel Hernandez was the star of the table-topping Tigers’ show, plundering a hat-trick as the Addicks were soundly beaten for a second time in just four days in Jose Riga’s first game in charge since returning to The Valley on Thursday. 

The Head Coach opted to make two changes to the side which suffered midweek disappointment at Huddersfield Town, as Jordan Cousins returned to the centre of midfield, while Igor Vetokele made his first start for the Addicks since September. 

Lining up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, Rhys Williams joined fellow January arrival Roger Johnson in the centre of defence, while Diego Poyet sat as a defensive midfielder and Vetokele operated as a sole attacker. 

The first real chance came the way of the Londoners after four minutes when Charlton embarked on a counter attack, showing neat one-touch passing before Cousins fired straight at Tigers’ stopper Allan McGregor. 

But six minutes later, it would be the hosts who would take the lead, pouncing on Williams’ hesitance to punish the Addicks. 

With the Australian international looking to play the ball out from the back, Hernandez closed him down, nicking the ball to put himself in a one-on-one situation. 

And despite Stephen Henderson rushing out to tighten the forward’s angles, Hernandez calmly rolled his finish inside the post to put Hull 1-0 up. 

And it was to get worse for Charlton when, on 17 minutes, the Uruguay international doubled the home side’s lead. 

Picking the ball up on the edge of the box, he created a yard before firing a powerful finish past Henderson. 

With that, any of the early signs of positivity seemed to quickly evaporate. Indeed, the Tigers could have had a third, and Hernandez his hat-trick, moments later but for Henderson’s impressive point-blank save to deny the striker’s volley from 10 yards. 

With 28 minutes, the visitors showed a glimpse of hope when they put together a decent move which ended with Callum Harriott’s powerful drive deflected into the hands of McGregor.

But at the other end five minutes later, the hosts hit the Addicks with another gut punch, extending their lead to three courtesy of Robert Snodgrass’ curling effort from the edge of the box. 

Although Charlton came close from a set-piece moments later – Johnnie Jackson very nearly diverted Williams’ headed cross towards goal from inside the six-yard box – they looked very much like a side who had only a handful of days to get over a demoralising 5-0 defeat.

Indeed, Riga’s men’s confidence had been completely zapped out of them by that defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium and the game on Humberside was all-but done by the 39th minute when City netted their fourth. 

With Andy Robertson getting to the byline, he cut it back for Hernandez to slot home his inevitable hat-trick as the Addicks’ humiliation up north continued into a second game. 

The second-half continued in much the same fashion. 

Hernandez’s stinging drive was well saved by Henderson before Sam Clucas missed a gilt-edged chance to make it five, scooping over the crossbar when clean through on goal. 

Before the hour mark, that fifth goal did come, however, when Mo Diame curled in an eye-catching finish from outside the area. 

Henderson was called into action shortly after to prevent a sixth, diving to his right to brilliantly keep out a glancing header and there was one, solitary, piece of good news to come from the afternoon, when academy starlet Joshua Umerah came on for his first-team debut, replacing Vetokele on 66 minutes. 

With 10 minutes left on the clock, the Tigers had their sixth when Isaac Hayden’s low drive took a wicked deflection of the foot of Morgan Fox before wrong-footing Henderson and spinning inside the right-hand upright to compound a truly miserable day on Humberside. 

Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Johnson, Lennon, Williams (Fox 59), Poyet (Vaz Te 81), Jackson, Cousins, Gudmundsson, Harriott, Vetokele (Umerah 66).

Subs (not used): Pope, Sarr, Charles-Cook, Makienok.

Booked: Lennon 57 (foul on Snodgrass), Harriott 87 (Foul on Odubajo)

Hull City: McGregor; Odubajo, Maguire, Davies, Robertson, Hayden, Livermore (Huddlestone 61), Snodgrass, Clucas, Diame, Hernandez (Aluko 70). 

Subs (not used): Jakupovic, Taylor, Meyler, Akpom, Elmohamady. 

Goals: Hernandez 9, 13, 39, Snodgrass, Diame, Hayden. 

Referee: R Clark

Att: 16,430 (369 from Charlton)

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