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05/04/2017 at 20:32


SUMMARY: Hull City 4-2 Middlesbrough

Hull City had to come from behind for the second time in four days to record back-to-back home victories, but the hosts were rewarded handsomely for their endeavour, as the win wielded maximum damage to relegation rivals Middlesbrough and left the Tigers with their head above relegation waters for the first time since October as results elsewhere were more than favourable. 

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Fantastic four for City!

Niasse saw a goal flagged for offside after 3 minutes but a minute later Negredo netted for Boro from close range at the far post. An excellent reply from City saw Markovic tuck in a scramble from close range on 14 minutes. City pressed brilliantly and Niasse passed into the corner of the net on 27 minutes to put the hosts in front. Maguire's pass split Boro wide open on 33 minutes and Grosicky squared for Hernandez to make it 3-1. City's great work was undone by the officials when three Boro players were offside as De Roon netted right on half time.

At 3-2, the half resumed with Boro on the front foot, but struggling to create chances. City worked themselves back into the match and Robertson's freekick was powered home back across goal courtesy of Maguire's header on 70 minutes to restore a richly deserved two goal lead. Sadly, Hernandez and Maguire had to leave the field with injuries but Middlesbrough wilted and the Tigers could've added more, but in the end, settled for another mammoth win that saw Hull City leave the relegation places for the first time since October.  

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