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Burton Albion's first away game of the Championship season takes them to recently-relegated Hull City - can they get off the mark?

The Brewers arrive at the KCOM Stadium on the back of Wednesday's 3-2 Carabao Cup triumph at Oldham Athletic, having been beaten 1-0 at home to Cardiff City on the opening day of the league campaign last Saturday.

Hull City's KCOM Stadium

They will know the challenge ahead of them if they are to pick up a point or three this afternoon.

While the Tigers - with new manager Leonid Slutsky at the helm - have lost several key players over the summer, they began well in coming from behind to draw with pre-season promotion favourites Aston Villa last weekend - and they will be keen to kick on well in front of their home fans.

We'll have all the build-up and team news from the KCOM, before bringing you blow-by-blow live text commentary as Burton look to get themselves on the board in the Championship for 2017/18.

Have your say by getting in touch and tweeting us @BurtonAlbionBM, @JoshuaMurrayBM and @RichardCusackBM.

That's all from us here at the KCOM Stadium.

The Brewers lose out 4-1 to Hull City - and that’s your lot from SportMail’s live-blog of today’s match.

It’s certainly one to forget for the Brewers after Abel Hernandez’s hat-trick sent them packing

See you at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday...

Burton Albion players after the 4-1 loss to Hull City
Burton Albion players after the 4-1 loss to Hull City (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery )

Update on Warnock injury

Here's that Clough reaction in full

And Clough lets us know what he thinks on Hernandez's opener and whether he was offside or not

I thought they were more game changers than the sending off. He’s (Hernandez) offside, not miles, but he’s offside.

Clough also revealed why Lloyd Dyer didn't start the match

He had a slight thigh problem - he didn’t train all week.

Nigel Clough confirms that Lucas Akins will start against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night

He’s the fittest lad we’ve got, he’ll start again on Tuesday, that’s the only thing in his favour.

Confirmed on the TV behind us in the KCOM media room that the Brewers are currently bottom of the Champinship

A point at Middlesbrough is certainly a must, now...

It's a frustrating day - but all is not lost

Remember - the Brewers lost their opening two games last season...

Here's Joshua Murray's verdict from a humbling day at the KCOM

Read the full report here...

Full-time!

The Brewers lose their first away match of the 2017/18 season 4-1 here at the KCOM Stadium as an Aberl Hernandez hat-trick downs Albion.

They started the second-half level at 1-1, but a Kamil Grosicki goal sandwiched between to Hernandez efforts broke the Brewers’ resolve.

Nigel Clough can look back at a first-half that saw captain Stephen Warnock leave the field of play injured, with Jackson Irvine also sent off just minutes after a wondergoal that put the Brewers back level with their hosts.

More reaction to come from Clough and Hull boss Leonid Slutsky.

90: Three minutes of added time here

Man of the match has been given to, unsurprisingly, hat-trick-hero Abel Hernandez.

89: Another great save!

Diomande finds himself all alone in the box with acres of space but can only hit a shot tamely at Bywater - he did well to get down, though...

88: Game slowly petering out

As it has been doing for the last 20-or-so minutes. It will be interesting to see what Nigel Clough makes of it all...

86: Great save again!

Bywater saves well with his chest from Larsson’s close-range effort...

PICTURE: Abel Hernandez slots home his third of the afternoon

Abel Hernandez slots home his hat-trick goal against Burton Albion
Abel Hernandez slots home his hat-trick goal against Burton Albion (Image: James Wilson/Epic Action Imagery)

82: Close!

Michael Hector very nearly heads the resulting corner in - but it’s just wide of the post...

82: Hull fancy a fifth

And they very nearly get it too as Lund does well to turn away a cross from the right...

80: Hull come forward again

Flanagan is beat by Aina and the cross is eventually cleared...

79: Henriksen goes close

And from about 40 yards - very nearly smashes one into the top corner!

77: Great block by Flanagan

The ball drops from the resulting corner to a Hull player, and Flanagan blocks well to avoid a fifth...

76: Max Clark skews his cross

And Stephen Bywater very nearly spills it into his own net!

74: Kamil Grosicki is replaced with a standing ovation

By new signing and former Arsenal man Seb Larsson.

73: Campbell loses the ball to McFadzean

And then goes after the Brewers defender - surely that’s a yellow card?

72: Fraizer Campbell booked for obstructing Bywater's clearance

That’s just daft doing that at 4-1 up...

72: Hull sub

Clucas makes way for David Meyler.

71: And it is Akpan who makes way

He’s ran his socks off in the midfield today.

That’s the Brewers’ third and final change.

70: Joe Sbarra readying to enter the fray

If anything else - it could prove to be some valuable game-time for the youngster.

69: Hull sub

Hernandez gets a standing ovation as he makes way for Adama Diomande.

GOAL! Hull 4-1

Abel Hernandez gets his hat-trick - a cool one-on-one finish after being slotted through by Sam Clucas.

Easy as you like from the Uruguayan.

66: Excellent save by Bywater

Grosicki breezes past Naylor down the left-hand side and squares to Hernandez - who forces a great reactions save from Bywater.

And that save gets a deserved applause from all around the stadium.