Ashley Barnes gave Burnley their first victory of the Barclays Premier League campaign with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.
Barnes, recalled in place of Marvin Sordell by Sean Dyche, headed in the decisive goal at Turf Moor early in the second half after sloppy defending from the visitors.
In a low-key first half, the hosts came closest to breaking the deadlock through a Danny Ings shot, while Robbie Brady had to be on hand to clear off the line.
Barnes' header put Burnley into a deserved lead and forced Hull to raise their game, although the visitors' efforts in attack routinely ended in frustration and they ended the game having mustered just one effort which forced home goalkeeper Tom Heaton into action.
Curtis Davies' back injury completed a miserable day for Steve Bruce, the central defender forced off late in the match, leaving his side with 10 men.
Despite winning at the 11th time of asking, Dyche's men are still at the foot of the table, while Hull remain only two points above the bottom three.
Steve Harper, one of two changes for the visitors, was tested twice by Ings in the opening 20 minutes, but the experienced goalkeeper stood firm on his return from a torn bicep.
Harper's second save was almost undone as Paul McShane sliced the loose ball towards his own goal, but Brady was able to clear off the line.
After a first half devoid of clear goalscoring chances, the hosts showed renewed spirit and opened the scoring four minutes after the interval.
Kieran Trippier delivered a deep cross into the penalty area, and Barnes got in front of Ahmed Elmohamady to fire a bullet header past Harper.
Abel Hernandez failed to convert Elmohamady's cross soon after, while Bruce introduced Gaston Ramirez, Stephen Quinn and Hatem Ben Arfa as Hull looked to get back into the contest.
The decision to make all three changes quickly backfired on Bruce as Davies' attempts to execute an overhead kick saw him suffer a back injury.
Davies landed heavily and tried to carry on for a period after treatment, but was ultimately forced off with 20 minutes remaining, forcing Hull to reshuffle their defence as attack remained a priority.
Hernandez headed straight at Heaton before controlling an Elmohamady pass on his chest and turning neatly, only for his effort from the edge of the area to zip wide of the left-hand post.
As the visitors' spirit dwindled, Burnley went closer to scoring the second goal of the encounter in the closing stages, ultimately holding on for three points which will give eternal optimist Dyche plenty of succour.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "In the first half we were excellent. Some of our play was very good, we had enough chances to be certainly one, if not two to the good. Our defensive shape was good, it has been a few times this season and you go in at half time and think is that one of those games again?
"We kept the back door closed pretty well first half, and most of the game actually. Then it’s a good bit of play, a fantastic cross from Kieran [Trippier], a good header and you’re 1-0 up then it’s just finding the freedom to keep playing, which we did in patches, but we found it a bit nervy in others, but it’s totally understandable."
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: “All I can do is apologise to supporters. We got what we deserved, which was beaten. It wasn’t good enough, nowhere near good enough. If you don’t roll your sleeves up and get ready for challenge, you are not going to get anything.
“We gave it away, we were lethargic and we were second best all over the pitch. We were flaming awful. The one thing I cannot abide is what we did in the first half. It saddens me that a team of mine played like that and it won’t happen again.”
Three of Burnley’s last four Barclays Premier League matches have been 0-0 at half-time.
Hull have failed to score a first-half goal in four of their last five Barclays Premier League matches.
Ashley Barnes’ goal was his first in the Barclays Premier League and his first in any competition since April 2014, when he netted for the Clarets in a 2-0 Championship home win against Wigan.
Kieran Trippier assisted a goal in the Barclays Premier League for the first time, after setting up 14 in the Championship in 2013/14.
After scoring in each of their opening eight Barclays Premier League matches this season, Hull have failed to score in their last three.
Five of the last six league meetings between Burnley and Hull City have ended with a 1-0 scoreline.
The Clarets are the last team in the top four tiers to register a win this season.
Sean Dyche’s side kept a clean sheet after conceding in each of their last five, shipping 15 goals in total in those matches.
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