ROBERT SNODGRASS capped a quite remarkable performance by Hull City as the Yorkshire club made history.
Never before had the reigning champions been beaten on an opening day and few gave the Tigers any chance of breaking that record after a wretched summer.
But, on an afternoon when Mike Phelan devised a gameplan that nullified much of the champions’ threat, Hull took all three points thanks to goals from Adama Diomande and Snodgrass.
There were 11 heroes for the hosts, whose troubles have been such this summer that Phelan had five kids and a third choice goalkeeper on the bench - meaning he had to keep changes to a minimum.
Curtis Davies was outstanding at the back, as was Sam Clucas in an uncustomary defensive midfield role and the Tigers were full value for all three points.
The first half was a tight affair until the closing stages, when Leicester had three excellent chances to go ahead before Hull showed the champions how it was done.
Jamie Vardy was twice culpable in spurning those opportunities, first with a follow-up shot after Eldin Jakupovic had denied Christian Fuchs that Jake Livermore blocked.
Then, after being picked out by Ahmed Musa, he blazed high and wide. Coming on the back of a fresh air shot earlier in the half when well placed, it wasn’t Vardy’s first half.
And the England striker’s misery was compounded in stoppage time when Adama Diomande fired in after Kasper Schmeichel had only been able to parry a Curtis Davies header.
Leicester’s reply came immediately after the restart, just 14 seconds having been played when Tom Huddlestone was adjudged to have tripped Demarai Gray and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot.
The foul looked to be slightly outside the area but Riyad Mahrez showed little mercy by slamming the resulting spotkick into the net.
City restored their lead ten minutes later, Leicester only able to half clear Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross and Robert Snodgrass did the rest with a drilled finish.
Mahrez came close to an equaliser that Jakupovic unconvincingly pushed around the post before having a shot blocked by Curtis Davies moments later.
Danny Drinkwater then fired straight at Jakupovic in stoppage time and an afternoon that had begun amid protests against City’s owners ended in elation for the locals in a 20,137 crowd.
Hull: Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson,
Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas, Diomande, Hernandez, Snodgrass.
Subs: Kuciak, Maloney, Tymon, Bowen, Luer, Olley, Clackstone.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Hernandez, Fuchs,
Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Musa, Gray, Vardy. Subs: Chilwell,
Albrighton, Amartey, Kapustka, Okazaki, Zieler, Ulloa.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)