A clutch of debutants starred as Hull City and West Ham United shared a pulsating 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at the KC Stadium.
Hull manager Steve Bruce thrust record signing Abel Hernandez straight into his starting XI and the Uruguay international put work-permit issues behind him by crashing in a header six minutes before the break.
Ecuador forward Enner Valencia, making his first West Ham start, levelled in the 50th minute with a blistering long-range effort before Mohamed Diame, a fortnight after leaving the Boleyn Ground, restored the home side's advantage.
Diafra Sakho, like Valencia starting a West Ham match for the first time, capped a busy display with a shot that deflected in off Curtis Davies to save Sam Allardyce's men from a third loss in four BPL outings.
Diame joined Hernandez in making his Hull debut as Bruce reverted to a midfield diamond, while Valencia and Sakho started either side of Mauro Zarate in a three-pronged West Ham attack, as Guy Demel was preferred to Joey O'Brien at right-back.
Stewart Downing lashed past the near post from just inside the box with half an hour played and the West Ham midfielder's cross five minutes later resulted in a brilliant save by Allan McGregor from the contest's first clear opening.
Valencia leapt to nod back across to Sakho, who diverted goalwards only for the Hull goalkeeper to instinctively flick out a hand to deny him.
Hernandez then thundered a shot into Adrian's arms at the other end and capped a frantic spell by opening the scoring in the 37th minute, getting in front of James Tomkins to thud a wonderful header past the visiting goalkeeper from Ahmed Elmohamady's wonderfully whipped cross.
Hull thought they had doubled their advantage a minute before the break but Nikica Jelavic was offside as Hernandez's effort cannoned back off the crossbar for him to convert.
And West Ham levelled in magnificent fashion five minutes into the second period. There appeared to be little on as Valencia checked a run inside from the left flank, but he engineered a slither of space to the left of Michael Dawson and unleashed a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner.
It appeared Valencia and Hernandez were locked in a bid to outdo one another when the latter displayed exquisite chest control on the edge of the box to arrow a left-footed volley that had Adrian at full-stretch.
Jelavic snatched at an opportunity from similar range with an hour played but Diame stylishly restored Hull's advantage in the 64th minute. Aaron Cresswell's cross-field throw-in for Cheikhou Kouyate was ill-advised but Diame showed superb composure after striding forward to intercept, mesmerising Tomkins with a couple of step-overs before side-footing in off the post.
The lead lasted just three minutes and it was Hull's turn to produce sub-standard defending, allowing Sakho space to arrow across goal and see the ball squirm through McGregor before crossing the line via the unfortunate Davies.
A wrong-footed McGregor was relieved that Mark Noble's speculative 72nd-minute drive deflected wide and the Scotland international sharply kept out a looping Sakho header three minutes later.
At the other end in a breathless affair Adrian was equal to another rasping strike from Hull substitute Robbie Brady but City's wait for a first win since the opening day goes on. Indeed, they almost departed with nothing to show for their efforts when Valencia's header from a raking Downing cross was diverted onto the crossbar by Dawson deep into stoppage time.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "I'm happy with a point and it was a great game of football. The supporters have gone home happy.
"We usually don't play like that! We are usually a lot tighter, but it made for an entertaining game."
"The two goals, the first one in particular from their new striker, you just have to hold your hands up – it was a wonder goal and it made for a really good night of football."
"It was great also to see Mo Diame score – it was a great night for the two new signings."
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "The one thing I have to be disappointed with is the way we gave the second goal away. We gifted it to Mo, of all people, when he's just joined them.
"McGregor pulled off a brilliant save from Sakho [in the first half] but what a goal from Enner Valencia, I think everybody's seen why we bought him with that goal.
"In the end, I was up and ready to start dancing, which is not a pleasing sight, but had the one gone in at the death I'd have been absolutely delighted.
"But we respect the point away from home, because we've come back from behind twice."
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