Hull have taken command of their Championship play-off semi-final with a 3-0 first leg win against Derby at the iPro.
The visitors soaked up the early pressure before putting themselves firmly in the driving seat with Wembley in their sights.
Returning to the scene of a 4-0 thrashing during the regular season just last month, Steve Bruce’s team looked set for another difficult day but then Abel Hernandez struck after half an hour.
As Derby’s confidence drained, a Jason Shackell own goal five minutes before half-time put Hull in control.
The hosts toiled in the second half as they tried in vain to get back into the game, though Andy Robertson delivered what could be a killer blow to Derby’s promotion hopes deep in injury time on the break to seal what was a comfortable 3-0 win ahead of the return leg on Tuesday night.