West Ham walked away from the KC Stadium with a point after a fiercely fought contest by both teams in a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Enner Valencia was the star of the show for West Ham by scoring what could be the goal of the season.
On what started as a cagey affair, with very little quality on show from both sides, the game suddenly burst into life on 39 minutes when Hernandez, making his debut for Hull, leaped above a static James Tomkins to ruffle a header past Adrian into the right corner, with the West Ham keeper standing no chance.
West Ham suddenly were rattled, and the team looked at sixes and sevens, and Hull almost took advantage of the situation by doubling their lead when Hernandez rattled the bar and Jelavic nodded home, only for the goal to be ruled offside.
Half time came to the relief of West Ham, who then came out the second half a team fighting.
Enner Valencia levelled in what could be a serious contender for goal of the season. The Equador international ran at the Hull defence and paused outside the box, and looked to be a man out of ideas. Then in quick motion push the ball gently to the right and unleashed a 70mph strike from 25 yards with the keeper standing no chance.
West Ham suddenly looked a team with purpose, and we’re clearly hunting for the win.
Then out of nowhere a disastrous throw in by Aaron Cresswell was met by former Iron Mo Diame, who ran at goal and slotted cooly into the right of the goal.
It looked as if it might be one of those nights again, however the players had other ideas, and responded almost immediately, when Diafra Sakho riffled a low shot at goal which was too much for the keeper to handle, and rolled over the line.
West Ham were back in this game and with over 20 minutes left it was anybody’s for the taking. But the best chance to snatch it fell to Valencia.
In the dying seconds Valencia headed at goal which hit Hull defender Dawson and then the bar, in what looked like a certain winner, however it wasn’t to be.
All in all it has to be said it was a very well spirited performance by the team, who are showing signs to real quality. Once they can iron out the silly mistakes, and get used to playing together more, then games like this should be won.