Made a sensational save to deny Livermore in the opening stages. Could do very little about both goals and had a solid game despite conceding twice.
Had a dismal afternoon. His sloppy back-pass played Long through on goal, prompting Brown to put in his red-card challenge, while his slack defending in the second half allowed Figueroa to launch an effort that culminated in Hull's second goal.
Caused his side all manner of problems with his sending-off, diving rashly to challenge Long. Continued his dismal disciplinary record with his third dismissal of the season - the first player to do so since 2002-03.
Struggled with the pace of Long and faced a mammoth task after his defensive partner's dismissal. His shortcomings were born less out of his own failings, in truth, and he could do little to weather the storm.
Far too willing to get forward down the left flank, given the numerical disadvantage, and let Elmohamady glide past him far too frequently. Tried to take on too much but should have tempered his enthusiasm.
Not allowed the space to flourish, the South Korean was forced into a defensive mindset for the bulk of the encounter. Coped reasonably well but rarely given the opportunity to express himself.
Looked completely unfazed by the task facing him, fitting in seamlessly to the tempo of the game and dictating play from deep. Barely put a foot wrong.
Struck an eye-catching volley in the first half but saw his effort sting the gloves of the Hull keeper. Looked impressive with the ball at his feet but was not allowed the space to operate, with Meyler lurking at every turn.
Struggled in the face of Livermore's physicality and did little to help his side's cause. A victim of circumstance, though, and was penned back into his own half by his side being a man short.
For all his endeavour, the USA international cut a lonely figure at the tip of the Sunderland attack. Denied any whiff of a scoring chance by the resolute Hull rearguard but, by the same token, did little to carve out any clear-cut opportunities.
Very rarely tested by the Sunderland attack and was equal to the few efforts that the hosts had on goal.
Much like his defensive partners, the former Sunderland player had little work to do and coped well when called upon.
Showed greater suitability to the three-man centre-back ethos than he had done previously but was primarily a beneficiary of circumstance. Grew into the game as it unfolded and his long-range effort inadvertently teed up Jelavic to double Hull's advantage.
Launched a number of good sorties down the wing and caused problems with some decent delivery. Withdrawn at the interval.
Dealt well with the bustling aerial threat of Altidore throughout, denying the American striker any sight of goal.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Left Alonso for dead at almost every opportunity, displaying an impressive blend of pace and attacking verve to cause problems for the hosts. Sat deeper after the interval saw Bruce switch from a five-man defence to 4-4-2 but was still keen to push forward.
Spurned a superb opportunity to open the scoring in the early on but made amends with his assist for Hull's opening goal.
Did what he does best - sat deep and provided the bedrock of his side's forays forward. Rarely tested defensively, allowing him to display his wide array of passing with aplomb.
Performed a silent but efficient task on the left of midfield, keeping the dangerous Johnson at bay for the most part. Always on hand to break up play but left much to be desired going forward.
Put in a tenacious display, making a nuisance of himself from the first whistle. Good value for his early goal and could have doubled his tally with a superb 30-yard strike that crashed off the woodwork. Benefited profoundly from Brown's dismissal.
Exploited the space well to nod home Figueroa's deflected effort. Could have doubled his tally but was denied by a combination of Mannone and the woodwork in the first half.
Surprisingly composed, given the circumstances, and deputised well at the heart of the rearguard. Could do nothing about the second goal after Figueroa's effort looped off his outstretched leg.
Made little impact and his introduction came as all hope was evaporating.
Caused the opposition some headaches with his strength, winning several free kicks in dangerous positions. Denied a clear sight of goal, though, and could not halve the deficit despite his work-rate.
Relatively quiet after his introduction but never noticeably fell out of line. Confident in possession but quite anonymous overall.
Impressed on his long-awaited return from injury, exploiting the space behind the Sunderland midfield as they charged forward in search of the equaliser.