A goalscoring chance came Hull City's way early in the match to suggest that Manchester City would be in for a long slog.
And it turned out to be just that. In the end, Manuel Pellegrini's men clinched a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to return to winning ways, with Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure coming to their rescue in the second half.
But not before Hull threatened to dish out another major embarrassment in a David versus Goliath clash at the Etihad Stadium.
If Man City had learnt their lessons in last week's 3-2 loss to newly-promoted Cardiff City, they failed to show it for more than an hour of the match.
Hull took just seven minutes to serve up images of that defeat, and what could go possibly wrong for a team which began the season trumpeting their silverware chances.
Sone Aluko raced to meet Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart one-on-one, but alas, he could only drag his shot wide.
A haul of five trophies in five seasons is the target set for Pellegrini, but he will now do well to just negotiate the first month of his Premiership career with his health intact.
Man City clocked a performance nowhere near as convincing as the scoreline suggested.