Peterborough United were without an away win on their return to the Championship, and for those Hull City fans that went to the MKM Stadium on Wednesday night, it probably wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to see them end that woeful run with a 2-1 victory.

If ever a game summed up City’s disappointing start to the season, this would be it.

Lots of good play, scored a decent goal, missed some even better chances along with a penalty and then conceded two dreadful goals.

Jack Taylor’s terrific finish from another sleep set-piece put Posh in front before Josh Magennis headed City level two minutes later on the cusp of half-time.

Mallik Wilks was felled inside the box giving City the chance to take the lead, but Magennis bashed it miles over the bar, and then the sucker punch came when Sirki Demble sauntered past City’s static rear-guard to clip in the winner 18 minutes from time.

To top off what was yet another bad night in front of his own supporters for Grant McCann, Tom Huddlestone’s return lasted the first 25 minutes, albeit a terrific 25 minutes.

Chants of ‘McCann out’ and ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ were audible throughout and if we ever needed proof that City are destined for a relegation battle over the next few months, this was it, against a side equally as inept defensively as them.

This was a game City could not afford to lose, but lose it they did and now Saturday’s trip to Luton Town looks even more daunting than it did before kick-off.

McCann made three changes to the side beaten across Yorkshire at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, recalling Greg Docherty to sit alongside George Honeyman, while there was a first start since Swansea in early September for Tom Huddlestone and a return for Josh Magennis to lead the line.

Randell Williams was back on the bench alongside Andy Cannon and Richie Smallwood, but there was no place in the squad for Tyler Smith, Matt Smith or Ryan Longman.

If McCann thought he was under pressure before the game then chants of ‘we want Brucie back’ within the opening 10 minutes with the score at 0-0 would have hardly filled him with deep joy.

His mood almost worsened when City lost the ball high up the pitch allowing Peterborough to counter with two men but thankfully for McCann and his side, Jack Taylor’s finish couldn’t match his dynamic.

That scare aside, City were dominant and went close when Di’Shon Bernard flashed a header wide and then spooned a volley from inside the box.

Their dominance was almost rewarded in breathtaking style 17 minutes in when Honeyman’s inswinging free-kick from wide on the left was batted away by the goalkeeper to Huddlestone 25-yards from goal, and on the full, his volley swept through bodies before rattling the outside of the post and going behind.

More questionable defending from the haphazard visitors then saw Honeyman afford space to drive through the middle before playing in Lewis-Potter via a deflection and his effort was smothered by the goalkeeper.

Huddlestone again tested Cornell who was already collecting overtime and he’d only been playing 20 minutes.

For all their dominance, City still looked susceptible at the back and having won a free-kick 25-yards out, ex-Nottingham Forest man Jorge Grant went close with a low driven effort which had Ingram stretching.

City’s momentum was completely sapped just before the half-hour mark when Huddlestone was withdrawn with what looked like a hamstring problem.

The ground fell flat as the 34-year-old limped off for what may well be another lengthy spell out of action, and his replacement, Richie Smallwood, had it all to do.

Nutmegged and then tried a long raking pass for Wilks which was cut out easily, and the tone was set.

Posh sensed a way back into it and the opening goal was not too far away, City again were caught sleeping from yet another set-piece and Jack Taylor curled in a delicious effort from the edge of the box.

McCann will rightly ask where were his defenders were.

To their credit, City were back on terms within two minutes when more abject defending from the visitors allowed Elder to surge down the left before pulling over a deep cross to find Magennis loitering at the back post.

Back in the team, Magennis headed in for his first goal since the opening day.

After a cagey start to the second period, City slowly assumed control with Lewis-Potter going wide from a Magennis cross, and then the Ulsterman should have headed his side into the lead moments later.

Elder on the edge of the box bent in a teasing ball and Magennis at the near post almost pulled out of the header before glancing wide of the far post, it was a terrific chance and one you’d have backed him to take.

That saw Ferguson make his first change of the game when he took off Josh Knight and replaced him with Joe Ward.

There were 25 minutes left when Wilks stormed into the box before being brought down by Dan Butler, and this time, the referee did point to the spot.

Magennis’ long run-up saw him smash the ball so far over the bar, those on the back row of the South Stand were forced to take cover.

That miss proved costly because Siriki Dembele punished some yet more sloppy defending from City as he sprung the offside trap to clip cleverly over Ingram.

That saw McCann make a double change with 17 minutes left, taking off Honeyman and Magennis for George Moncur and Tom Eaves.

Eaves almost had a similar impact to the one he had against Blackpool, but could only loop a header onto the bar from Coyle’s cross with time ticking towards the final five minutes.

As time ticked closer, the chants of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' grew louder and this performance and result will do little to ease the mounting pressure on City's beleaguered manager.

Posh almost had a third when Ingram was caught up field but somehow Szmodics somehow managed to make a mess of it, not that it mattered.

The full-time whistle was greeted with a round off boos from those City fans left inside the MKM Stadium.