Sunday 20 August 2017

Hull v Middlesbrough - story of the match

Hull boss Marco Silva maintained his impressive record at home.
Hull boss Marco Silva maintained his impressive record at home.

Hull climbed out of the bottom three of the Premier League for the first time since October and shoved Middlesbrough closer towards relegation with a thrilling 4-2 win at the KCOM Stadium.

Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez gave Hull a two-goal cushion after team-mate Lazar Markovic had cancelled out Alvaro Negredo's early opener for Middlesbrough in a breath-taking first 45 minutes.

Boro hit back in first-half stoppage-time through Marten De Roon's controversial header before Harry Maguire headed Hull's fourth midway through the second period.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Big result for us tonight. Lads we're all superb. #hcafc" - Hull midfielder David Meyler (@DavidMeyler7).

STAR MAN

Oumar Niasse: Persona non grata under Ronald Koeman, the Everton reserve is making up for lost time in some style. Niasse was a pest from the outset in East Yorkshire and pulled Boro's backline all over the place, helping himself to his fifth City goal as they secured a crucial three points.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

After a thoroughly entertaining first half, play after the break was more edgy and fractured. Hull's determination to maintain their lead was clear and the growing fog of anxiety lifted in the 70th minute. Andrew Robertson's free-kick to the far post was met by an outstanding Harry Maguire header from an acute angle, with the ball flying past Victor Valdes.

STAT OF THE MATCH

Middlesbrough's run without a win in the Premier League was extended to 13 matches, stretching back to December 17. The Tigers, however, have now won five of their last six league games at the KCOM Stadium and head coach Marco Silva's unbeaten home league run as a manager has been extended to 40 matches.

RATINGS

Hull

Eldin Jakupovic 6

Ahmed Elmohamady 7

Andrea Ranocchia 6

Harry Maguire 8

Andrew Robertson 7

Kamil Grosicki 7

Alfred N'Diaye 6

Sam Clucas 7

Lazar Markovic 8

Oumar Niasse 8

Abel Hernandez 7

Subs:

Evandro (for Hernandez, 51) 6

Michael Dawson (for Maguire, 81) 6

Markus Henriksen (for Grosicki, 88) 6

Middlesbrough

Victor Valdes 6

Antonio Barragan 5

Daniel Ayala 6

Ben Gibson 6

James Husband 5

Adama Traore 7

Adam Clayton 6

Marten de Roon 7

Stewart Downing 6

Alvaro Negredo 7

Rudy Gestede 6

Subs:

Adlene Guedioura (for Husband, 59) 6

Patrick Bamford (for Negredo, 71) 6

Cristhian Stuani (for Gestede, 81) 6

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