A Graham Alexander double on his 100th appearance for the club gave Burnley a 2-0 victory over Hull at Turf Moor.
A composed penalty in the first half and a spectacular drive from distance in the second helped the Clarets return to winning ways following last week's home defeat to Wigan.
Giovanni, who thought he had equalised for Hull before then with a free-kick which the referee ruled out, was then sent off to cap a miserable week for the visitors.
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