Two goals in 10 first half minutes were the difference as Northampton were beaten at home by Hull City.
Goals by Keane Lewis-Potter and George Honeyman took victory for the Tigers, as the side relegated to League One from last season’s Championship beat one that got promoted from last season’s League Two to the third tier.
The result means Northampton suffer a first home defeat of the new campaign, having picked up a Carabao Cup win and a draw in their opening games in all competitions at the PTS Academy Stadium.
Northampton did have players back in the fold after recent challenges with injuries, and they would come close early on, with Sam Hoskins and Luca Racic coming close early on and ex-Cobbler Matt Ingram clearing a dangerous Joseph Mills free-kick.
But after a quiet opening, Hull came into the contest and they would score first when Lewis-Potter headed in Honeyman’s free-kick.
Hakeeb Adelakun then set up Honeyman to make it 2-0 to Hull with a side-footed finish just before half-time.
Greg Docherty fired wide in first half stoppage time, as Northampton were given a big task to come back after the break.
Hull then had more opportunities for a third goal after half-time, with Adelakun and James Scott being denied by Steve Arnold, but the Tigers did enough with their first half work to get the points as Northampton fall to defeat.