Beaten by an unfortunate own goal but composed and solid otherwise. Especially brave and commanding when claiming crosses and long balls, and made a stunning save to deny Huddlestone's long-range thunderbolt.
Typically robust and uncompromising display from the Villa skipper, who was a reliable presence at the back, organising and leading a young defensive line. Forged a sturdy resistance against a Hull strike partnership that has put more established defences to the sword.
Moved to the left wing and was an energetic and useful presence. Not as flamboyant as the rest of Villa's pacey attack, but worked hard going the opposite direction to stifle Hull and did well to thwart El Mohamady's surges.
A solid if unspectacular display. Perhaps could be accused of losing Rosenoir for Hull's goal, but otherwise kept the Tigers' left flank under control. Like the entire Villa side, he did not stop running or working.
Deployed somewhat out of position at left-back and did not always exude confidence, while he lacked the attacking instincts to make a difference going forward. Height useful inside his own box.
Caused mayhem in Hull's penalty box leading up to the second goal, thwacking the bar and winning a series of headers. Practically unbeatable in the air, winning over a dozen aerial duels, and disciplined on the deck.
Slotted an early opening goal home with aplomb, keeping his composure to rifle a shot beyond Harper. Alongside Delph he formed a powerful midfield, and always released the ball quickly to the attackers ahead of him.
Boundless energy in the heart of midfield, doing the leg-work of two players while also bringing composure and drive on the ball. Pressed tirelessly in an all-action outing.
It didn't quite click for him to the same extent as his peers. Occasionally showed flashes of pace but largely on the periphery of the match, though did recover from an air-kick to nudge the ball to Westwood for the opener.
His powerful, bulldozing run and precise cut-back produced the opening goal after just a minute, though he injured himself in the process. Subbed off after 20 minutes.
Netted twice in quick succession just before half-time with two excellent headers, cleverly escaping his marker on each occasion. An energetic spark that Villa have sorely missed this season and caused Hull problems throughout.
It would be harsh to blame the veteran keeper for any of Villa's goals, with each effort finding the corner of the net. Did not exude much confidence and got his wires crossed with the defence on several occasions though.
Created Hull's brief equaliser with a cross-cum-shot that was deflected in by Bowery, though did so from an offside partnership. Tasked with keeping Albrighton quiet, which he did well.
Bounced off Agbonlahor as the Villa man surged forward for the opening goal, and totally ignored Weimann for the second. Worried by Villa's pace and, on numerous occasions, lost his concentration and usually dependable communication skills.
The centre-back, and the rest of Hull's three-man back-line, struggled against Villa's wide-play. Picked up an injury early on and was replaced by Bruce.
Really worried by Villa's pacey attack, especially when the home side broke forward and he was forced to retreat rapidly. His infrequent bursts forward were let down by wayward passing.
Ahmed El Mohamady
As usual he was enthusiastic going forward, though that left his flank exposed, while he failed to test the Villa defence with the kind of zip he has done in the past. Marshalled well by Bertrand.
Looked a little sluggish against Villa's mobile midfield. His quick-thinking, inventive free kick played a part in Hull's only goal, and he tested Guzan with a powerful drive.
In a match plagued by injuries, Meyler was the third player to make a premature exit. Soldiered on in the first half despite picking up a knock, though second best to Villa's powerful, hard-running midfield, and withdrawn at half-time.
Tried to get on the ball and affect the match, though his passing lacked penetration. Busy, though unable to disrupt Villa's surges forward.
Given precious little service, but, unlike Jelavic, constantly ran the channels, chased down Villa's ball-carriers and tried to affect the match. His pace was an occasional, though underused, threat.
On the basis of performances such as today's, it is hard to understand quite why Hull paid so much money to bring him to the KC Stadium. Slow, lacked appetite, scuffed the only chance that came his way and and headed the ball straight into the path of Weimann for the Austrian's first goal.. Hugely below-par.
K. El Ahmadi
Replaced Albrighton with 15 minutes remaining. Worked hard to close down and press Hull, and added further steel to the midfield.
His first involvement was to net an unfortunate own goal that cancelled out Villa's opener. Atoned for that error though, assisting Villa's third goal, while his pace on the break and eye for goal was always useful and threatening.
A first-half substitute for the injured Chester. Totally lost Weimann for the Austrian's second goal. Steadied the ship somewhat, though aided by Villa easing off in the second half.
Entered the fray at half-time in place of the injured Meyler. Virtually anonymous and made absolutely no impact on the match. A passenger for the away side.
Came on for Jelavic. Tried to be more of an outlet than the man he replaced, who had shied away from contests. Massively let down by poor touches and control.