City made it three wins from four in pre-season with a 1-0 victory over Rochdale at Spotland.
Robert Koren scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half with a sweetly-struck long range effort.
Andy Dawson and Paul McKenna returned to action after missing the opening three games of the Tigers’ pre-season campaign, while Ben Amos and Nick Proschwitz were handed their first starts in City colours.
Jay Simpson partnered Proschwitz up front, which meant Aaron Mclean started in the wide right position.
At the back, Dawson began the game at left-back with Joe Dudgeon operating on the right hand side.
City carved out the first opportunity of the game with a well-worked corner kick routine in the fifth minute.
Robert Koren picked out Proschwitz in space but the German’s controlled effort was easily claimed by Josh Lillis in the Rochdale goal.
The home side responded well with Andrew Tutte shooting from distance moments later but James Chester took the sting out of the effort enabling Amos to make a comfortable save.
Ashley Grimes wasted a glorious opportunity to open the scoring in the 10th minute, firing over from ten yards after Jason Kennedy’s cross had somehow found its way past three City defenders inside the box.
Proschwitz should have scored his first goal in English football after 19 minutes but the big German failed to apply the finishing touch to Mclean’s ball across the face of goal.
It didn't matte too much though as City opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Koren unleashed a trademark long-range effort that found its way into the back of the net. It was a decent strike from the Slovenian although Lillis should’ve made the save.
Dawson immediately looked to add a second City goal moments after the restart but his goalbound strike from distance was deflected behind by Matt Pearson.
After a long period of play with little goalmouth action, Jay Simpson was the next to try his luck, beating his marker with a sharp turn before firing the ball towards goal, only to see Rhys Edwards make a timely block to prevent the effort from testing Lillis.
Simpson had the final effort of the opening 45 minutes, creating the chance for himself with a neat turn on the edge of the box only to see his scuffed shot easily claimed by Lillis.
Half Time: Rochdale 0 Hull City 1
Steve Bruce made two changes at the break with Sonny Bradley and Liam Cooper coming on to replace James Chester and Alex Bruce at the heart of the Tigers’ defence.
City created the first opening of the second half within a minute of the restart when Simpson crossed for Proschwitz, whose clever volley with his back to goal was well saved by Lillis.
Rochdale responded well though with Danny Johnson forcing Amos into making a save at his near post.
Neat link-up play between Simpson and Proschwitz almost created an opening for the former Arsenal man but Rhys Bennett timed his challenge to perfection to snuff out the danger.
City made three further changes on the hour mark with Sone Aluko, Danny East and Bryan Hughes coming on to replace Nick Proschwitz, Robert Koren and Paul McKenna.
Rochdale created a half chance upon the restart when the ball fell to Joe Thompson just inside the box but City’s defence were quick to react to block the winger's goalbound effort.
Only a fantastic defensive header by Sam Minihan prevented Simpson from making it 2-0 after 66 minutes, with the striker looking to apply the finishing touch to Mclean’s fine cross from the right.
Craig Fagan was the next City substitute to be brought on when he replaced Aaron Mclean two minutes later.
But, straight from the restart, only a fine save from Amos prevented the home side from getting back on level terms with the keeper pushing Thompson’s effort behind for a corner kick.
The Tigers made yet another change with 18 minutes remaining when Jamie Devitt was introduced into the action, with the with the Irishman coming on to replace Jay Simpson.
Steve Bruce made two further changes four minutes later when he brought on Conor Townsend and Mark Cullen for Andy Dawson and Cameron Stewart.
Aluko almost capitalised on a poor back pass from Minihan with three minutes remaining but Lillis was quickly off his line to help out his full-back and clear the danger.
Cullen came close to making it 2-0 in the dying stages when he latched onto Fagan’s flick on from Amos’ long kick but his well-struck half volley was saved by Lillis.
Tigers: Ben Amos, Joe Dudgeon, Andy Dawson (Townsend 76), Paul McKenna (Hughes 60), James Chester (Bradley 46), Alex Bruce (Cooper 46), Cameron Stewart (Cullen 76), Jay Simpson (Devitt 72), Nick Proschwitz (Aluko 60), Robert Koren (East 60), Aaron Mclean (Fagan 68).
Subs: Eldin Jakupovic, Danny East, Conor Townsend, Jamie Devitt, Sone Aluko, Mark Cullen, Bryan Hughes, Craig Fagan, Sonny Bradley, Liam Cooper.