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Match Report: Middlesbrough 0-2 Hull City
Middlesbrough turned their attentions to the FA Cup following the disappointment of not picking up all three points in the 2-2 draw with Bolton following David Ngog’s late strike. Hull meanwhile will be looking for a fresh impetus following Liverpool’s convincing 2-0 victory over the side in a game manager Steve Bruce described as “one game too many.”
The Championship side, currently languishing in 15th in the table, made six changes to their starting eleven, whilst Steve Bruce made a total of nine changes from their 2-0 defeat at Liverpool. Only Maynor Figueroa and David Meyler kept their starting berths with a sickness bug effecting the travelling camp.
Middlesbrough – Konstantopoulos – Varga – Friend – Whitehead – Gibson – Williams – Ledesma – Leadbitter – Main – Emnes – Williams
Subs: Richardson – Butterfield – Jutkiewicz – Hines – Adomah – Ripley – Smallwood
Hull City: Harper – Rosenior – Faye – McShane – Figueroa – Boyd – Meyler – Quinn – Gedo – Mclean – Proschwitz
Subs: Jakupovic – Chester – Fryatt – Sagbo – Elmohamady – Fletcher – Jahraldo-Martin
Middlesbrough 0-2 Hull City
With the transfer window now open it was a chance for some of the fringe players at Hull to stake a claim and be put in the shop window. A player who is likely to leave the Tigers in the near future is that of Aaron McLean who put the away side ahead in the 10th minute when Meyler had a shot blocked by George Friend with the striker slotting in the opener.
Both sides tried teams who were largely untried together and it took until the 39th minute for Boro to even register a shot on target, a tame effort by Emmanuel Ledesma, a sign of how poor the game and the home side were.
Hull are no stranger to an early cup exit at the hands of lower league opposition having been knocked out by Barnsley and Macclesfield in recent years but that never looked the case today.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka was furious with his side’s first-half showing as he hauled off Luke Williams and Ledesma in place of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Albert Adomah.
The changes had the desired effect and the home side did press for an equaliser and so nearly managed to find it through Dean Whitehead. Figueroa made a mess of a clearance when dealing with a Marvin Emnes cross with Whitehead firing a shot wide.
Boro were punished for their lack of a killer instinct with Hull grabbing a second in the 61st minute through German Nick Proschwitz. Paul McShane fed George Boyd who played a ball into Proschwitz who blasted in a first-time effort into the roof of the net to kill off the game.
The game was a poor spectacle, one of few real chances but that won’t matter to Hull who got the job done in comfortable fashion.
The Egyptian Focus
Ahmed Elmohamady played no part of the fixture which is testimony to how vital Steve Bruce feels the winger is to the club. Elmo will no doubt be straight back in the starting team for the Chelsea game at the KC Stadium. Elsewhere Gedo was starting his first game in the FA Cup following the renewal of his loan deal. However, he will be less than impressed with Bruce having been employed out wide in a 4-3-3 formation despite playing the full 90 minutes.
Jamie Barwick is a 21-year-old Sports Journalism graduate and a fan of Hull City, covering the Tigers on KingFut.com.