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Hull City recovered from their defeat last week to promotion rivals Watford to beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the KC Stadium. Adam El-Abd’s Brighton managed to find a late equaliser to keep their chances of a promotion play-off spot alive.
Ahmed Elmohamady and Mohamed Magy ‘Gedo’ both started for the Tigers whilst Ahmed Fathi was once again on the bench. The game started extremely quietly with a very scrappy 45 minutes in which no noticeable chances were recorded by either side.
Gedo picked up an injury in training prior to today’s game and there was speculation that he would not start. His injury must have taken its toll as he was replaced soon after the second half started by Jay Simpson in the 53rd minute.
Robbie Brady found the net in the 61st minute after his long range free-kick beat Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele.
Ahmed Fathi came on in the 79th minute to replace George Boyd in a defensive substitution aimed to secure Hull City’s narrow lead. Ahmed Fathi was very impressive and had a chance of his own to find the net after being played-in by Stephen Quinn, but the on-loan Al-Ahly star missed.
Ahmed Elmohamdy continued to deliver trademark crosses, however none where converted into goals. Gedo’s injury meant that he had a very quiet game as his goal drought stretched to five games.
Adam El-Abd who has not started since his suspension was left on the bench in Brighton’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City. Leicester, who are promotion play-off rivals, took the lead in the 73rd minute when Matty James found the net. Brighton managed to score a decisive equaliser in the 88th minute when Kazenga LuaLua fired home.
Hull City remain in second and are now three points clear of automatic-promotion rivals Watford who drew with Cardiff City today. Brighton remain 6th after failing to close the gap on 5th placed Nottingham Forest who drew to Blackpool. The Seagulls are only two points clear of 7th-place Leicester City.
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