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30/10/2017 at 20:48

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PREVIEW: Hull City v Middlesbrough

Anyone believing Saturday's protests over the Allam ownership of Hull City cost the Tigers the match against Nottingham Forest is bordering on delusional. Hull City lost the game because they simply weren't good enough. David Meyler's hero to zero form, Jon Toral collecting an injury just minutes after coming off the bench and Kamel Grosicky's invisible winger trick, all added to the frustrations that culminated in a poor performance. 

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Therefore, Leonid Slutsky has much work to do. Toral's hamstring injury is likely to sideline the midfielder for the short term - and the game comes to soon for Evandro, despite returning to full training with the first team squad. With no movement on the long term injured at the club that includes Abel Hernandez, Will Keane, Moses Odubajo and Ryan Mason, the Russian boss will need to come up with a winning formula for Middlesbrough's visit with the remainder of the squad.

Middlesbrough themselves have endured a torrid period of form, that was only arrested last time out with a victory at Reading. That win arrived at the seventh attempt, as boss Gary Monk has been struggling to match the early season form produced by the club. Rudy Gestede remains sidelined from the attacking options with a thigh injury. Boro's record in Hull is poor with just one win in seven, plus Boro can only claim 2 wins in their last 25 away matches overall. Yet, the past five of those see the visitors undefeated... 

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