It was evident fairly early on that Hull's trip to Upton Park was destined to be a difficult affair.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor saw red just 25 minutes into the first half after bringing down Mo Diame in the area, with Mark Noble scoring the resulting penalty.
After drawing level at the start of the second half through Nikica Jelavic, an even more unfortunate event took place just minutes later.
Hammers fullback Guy Demel sent over a cross from the right that bounced in the area and headed towards Hull defender James Chester. The youngster stuck his leg out to hook the ball clear only for it to take a freak touch off his knee, sending it spinning into the top corner past replacement keeper Steve Harper.
It is hard to say whether any blame can be attributed to Chester, with there being some time between the bounce and the ball meeting the defender's knee. However, the former United youth has a little form when it comes to own goals, having putting through his own net when the Red Devils visited the KC Stadium on Boxing Day.