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Hull City 3-0 Middlesbrough

Hull City players celebrate scoring a goal
Tom Huddlestone scored Hull City's third goal

Championship leaders Hull City stretched their unbeaten league run to 10 matches with a deserved win against top-four rivals Middlesbrough.

Mohamed Diame put Hull ahead at the end of an entertaining first half, firing in from Ahmed Elmohamady's cross.

Tigers keeper Allan McGregor blocked George Friend's firm strike to deny Boro before Sam Clucas deflected in David Meyler's shot for 2-0.

Tom Huddlestone's stunning late strike added gloss to an impressive win.

Hull, who have not conceded a goal in five matches, stay top on goal difference from Brighton, while Middlesbrough remain fourth.

The visitors started the brighter at the KC Stadium, David Nugent dragging a shot wide after he was played in by Diego Fabbrini's fine through ball.

But the Tigers began to take control of an open first half as Dimitrios Konstantopoulos tipped over Clucas' free-kick and then denied Elmohamady.

Abel Hernandez wasted a gilt-edged chance when he failed to get a touch to Elmohamady's flick, but the pressure finally told when Diame converted Elmohamady's pinpoint cross at the far post.

McGregor was rarely tested, but did well to stop George Friend's strike - Boro's only effort on target of the match.

And midway through the half, Clucas doubled their lead when he stuck out a foot to divert Meyler's wayward drive past Konstantopoulos from close range.

Huddlestone capped City's fifth straight league win with a superb third, smashing in a powerful 18-yard strike into the top corner.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce:

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Bruce on Hull v Middlesbrough

"Considering the opposition it probably has to be (Hull's best performance). It was a really terrific performance.

"We looked a very decent team today and long may that continue.

"If we finish above Middlesbrough we will give ourselves an outstanding chance. On the day we were the better team by a distance and let's hope that continues.

"We're not going to get carried away because it's a long winter, especially in the Championship."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"This season I have one of the best squads in the league so I was thinking after other games we need to have more ambition.

"They are one of the best teams in the league so when you do not have ambition this is what happens.

"When you are not ambitious and when the other team is ambitious, and a good team with very good players, this is what happens.

"The pressure is on me because I want to have the pressure."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Odubajo
  • 21DawsonBooked at 62mins
  • 12Maguire
  • 26Robertson
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forHaydenat 87'minutes
  • 11Clucas
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 79'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forAkpomat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 20Hayden
  • 32Luer

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 4Ayala
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forLeadbitterat 65'minutes
  • 36Zuculini
  • 27Adomah
  • 31Fabbrini
  • 19Downing
  • 35NugentSubstituted forKikeat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 9Kike
  • 10De Pena
  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 24Nsue
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
20,352

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 3, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 3, Middlesbrough 0.

Attempt missed. Moses Odubajo (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Isaac Hayden replaces David Meyler.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 3, Middlesbrough 0. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Hand ball by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chuba Akpom replaces Abel Hernández.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Hull City).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Hull City).

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Kalas with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 2, Middlesbrough 0. Sam Clucas (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Meyler.

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Abel Hernández.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bruno Zuculini (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter replaces Adam Clayton.

Attempt saved. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Booking

Michael Dawson (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Dawson (Hull City).

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Attempt saved. Michael Dawson (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by David Meyler.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces David Nugent because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Nugent (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Foul by Michael Dawson (Hull City).

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Moses Odubajo (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull1610422681834
2Brighton169702112934
3Burnley169522314932
4Middlesbrough1693424121230
5Derby1686222111130
6Birmingham168442417728
7Cardiff166731712525
8Reading166642317624
9Sheff Wed166642019124
10Ipswich166642323024
11Brentford166372123-221
12Fulham165562928120
13QPR165562224-220
14Wolves165472021-119
15Leeds164751619-319
16Blackburn163851515017
17Preston163851113-217
18Nottm Forest164571216-417
19Huddersfield163671623-715
20Bristol City163671726-915
21MK Dons1642101423-914
22Charlton163491426-1213
23Bolton161871022-1211
24Rotherham1623111733-169
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