29 July 2013 23:19
A stunning Maynor Figueroa strike was enough to secure Hull City a 1-0 win over Peterborough at London Road on Monday.
The close-season free signing following his release by Wigan Athletic smashed home an eye-catching strike midway through the first half as Hull continue to prepare for their return to the Premier League.
Figueroa’s fine goal left Peterborough to rue a couple of early missed chances.
Emile Sinclair first forced a good save from Steve Harper after 15 minutes before Tyrone Barnett spurned a golden opportunity when a long ball looped over the Hull defence and into his path, but he failed to convert.
Figueroa then took centre stage after 22 minutes to give Steve Bruce’s men the lead as the Honduras international drove a delightful left-footed effort into the top corner from long range.
The closest Peterborough came to equalising before the break was a Grant McCann free-kick that whistled over after 37 minutes.
The home side made 10 changes at the break while Hull made six and, unsurprisingly, it had an impact on the flow of the game with chances at a premium in the second half.
Nick Proschwitz thought he had doubled Hull’s lead after 69 minutes, but his header was ruled out for offside before Robbie Brady dipped a low free-kick to Joe Day’s left side five minutes later, with the goalkeeper saving well.