Tigers mauled by Crewe
Premier League new boys Hull City were thumped 4-0 by League One Crewe.
Last Updated: 26/07/08 6:03pm
Premier League new boys Hull City came crashing down to earth at League One Crewe as they came away from Gresty Road with a 4-0 thumping.
On his home debut Calvin Zola proved unplayable, as he hit a hat-trick, with Nicky Maynard also on target.
Zola put Alex ahead in the second minute from close range, before the same player hit a 25-yard shot into the net just a minute later.
The Tigers had a chance to get back into the game but Bernard Mendy saw his penalty - awarded for a foul on Nick Barmby - saved by Steve Collis.
The hosts took a three-goal lead when Maynard hit home an unstoppable penalty, with Zola completing the scoring before half-time with another spot-kick after Mendy had conceded both penalties.
City boss Phil Brown sent on a completely new XI in the second half but the damage had been done.