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01/11/2017 at 17:43


SUMMARY: Hull City 1-3 Middlesbrough

Last Saturday’s televised humiliation against Nottingham Forest was trumped by an even worse performance at home to Middlesbrough – a side that can’t score and have won just one of their last seven matches – that leaves the Tigers looking at the nightmare of a relegation scrap in the Championship this Halloween. 

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Horror show on Halloween

City can have few complaints, after struggling to carve out any decent chances, barring Campbell just failing to get a toe on fizzing cross early doors and Irvine having a decent penalty claim for a foul turned down. The lacklustre start cost City, as Braithwaite robbed the back four in the 13th minute to open the scoring for Middlesbrough. Assombalonga netted with a free header on 38 minutes to compound City’s misery at the interval.

Once again, the Tigers upped their game in the second period after making the full quota of their subs, but it took Grosicky until the 72 minute when lashing in a wonder volley from the edge of the box to breathe any life into a City fight back. It was short lived, as Leadbitter converted an 85th penalty after Hector committed a foul in the area. A yellow card was initially waved for the defender, but the linesman intervened and influenced the ref to make it red to compound the horror. 

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