Monday 22 May 2017

Tigers climb out of bottom three

Hull City 4 Middlesbrough 2

Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye (left) and goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic celebrate after their victory over Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium. Photo: PA
Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye (left) and goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic celebrate after their victory over Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium. Photo: PA

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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 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.

Victory was the Tigers' fifth in six home league games and lifted them two points above Swansea, while Boro, without a league win since December 17, appear destined for a return to the Championship.

The Teessiders played their full part in a pulsating encounter, but are now seven points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.

The first blow was landed by Boro on five minutes. Adama Traore's low angled cross from the right side of the penalty area was turned home at the far by the unmarked Negredo. It was the Spaniard's first goal since the end of January. The Tigers responded well, setting the tone for the contest, with Kamil Grosicki volleying inches over before they equalised in the 14th minute through Markovic, who slammed the ball home from close range.

Harry Maguire celebrates scoring Hull City's fourth goal. Photo: REUTERS
Harry Maguire celebrates scoring Hull City's fourth goal. Photo: REUTERS
Middlesbrough's Adama Traore chases for the ball up against Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye. Photo: REUTERS
Middlesbrough's Adama Traore chases for the ball up against Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye. Photo: REUTERS
Jordan Rhodes (left) puts pressure on Hull City's Sam Clucas. Photo: PA
Jordan Rhodes (left) puts pressure on Hull City's Sam Clucas. Photo: PA
Marten de Roon heads in Middlesbrough's second goal. Photo: GETTY
Marten de Roon heads in Middlesbrough's second goal. Photo: GETTY

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