Hull City win relegation six-pointer
Hull City picked up a crucial three points against fellow relegation contenders Middlesbrough, in a high scoring game that saw Markovic, Niasse, Hernandez and Maguire scoring for the home side.
Hull City XI: Jakupovic; Maguire; Ranocchia; Robertson; Elmohamady; Clucas; Ndiaye; Markovic; Grosicki; Hernandez; Niasse.
Middlesbrough XI: Valdes; Gibson; Ayala; Husband; Barragan; de Roon; Clayton; Downing; Traore; Gestede; Negredo.
Going into the match, Hull knew that they would need a win to have a realistic shot at staying in the top flight, as Middlesbrough were four points behind them and Swansea, the lowest side above the relegation spots, were one point above Hull.
It was a nightmare start for Hull, as Middlesbrough’s Spanish contingent linked up with Adama Traore’s pass across the face of goal was met by Alvaro Negredo, who stretched to finish into the empty net after five minutes.
The lead was shortlived, however, as Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic equalised following a goalmouth scramble which led to him having a simple finish around the 15-minute mark.
Midway through the first half, a long ball was played up to Abel Hernandez, and his flick-on fell to Everton reject Oumar Niasse, and although his first touch was fairly heavy he was able to find the bottom corner and beat Valdes, who perhaps could’ve done better.
Poland international Kamil Grosicki was providing an outlet for Hull on the right wing, and it was his cross that made the third goal as Abel Hernandez went from provider to scorer with a simple finish.
Just before the interval, Middlesbrough did manage to get themselves back into the game from a set piece, as the deep corner was sent back into the mixer by Ben Gibson, before it was met by Martin De Roon who made it 3-2.
After the electric first half, the second half would prove to be much less eventful, with the key event early on being an injury to Abel Hernandez.
However, despite losing a major part of their goal threat, Hull still caused problems through their marauding centre-back Harry Maguire who got on the end of an Andy Robertson free-kick with a powerful header to make it 4-2 and put the game beyond all doubt. Sadly, Maguire was also forced off with injury towards the end of the half.
The result, combined with other results, means that Hull are now out of the relegation spots, however, there is still a lot of work to be done between now and the end of the season in order to stay in the league. As a result of this game, Middlesbrough seem to have slim chances of staying up, which means that there is only one relegation spot which seems to be available for one of several teams.
Hull’s next game in the English Premier League is away at Manchester City, who go into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss to the champions-elect Chelsea.
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