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Hull City 1-3 Middlesbrough

Britt Assombalonga
Britt Assombalonga headed home his eighth goal of the campaign

Middlesbrough moved to within one place of the play-off positions with victory at 10-man Hull City.

Martin Braithwaite slid home the opener after picking up a loose pass and Britt Assombalonga headed in a fine Cyrus Christie cross to double Boro's lead.

Sub Kamil Grosicki's volley halved Hull's deficit with 20 minutes to go.

But Michael Hector was shown a red card after fouling Boro's Ashley Fletcher in the box, and Grant Leadbitter converted the penalty to seal all three points.

Victory means Garry Monk's side are only kept out of the Championship top six on goals scored, while Hull are 17th.

No team in the second tier has scored more goals than Leonid Slutsky's Hull, but they struggled to create chances despite the introduction of the lively Grosicki and Nouha Dicko.

Following Saturday's home defeat by Nottingham Forest, the Tigers have now won just three of their past 10 league games in front of their own fans, while Boro are unbeaten in six on the road.

Hull manager Leonid Slutsky: "It's really very difficult to understand about the long-term future because now I must think about the next match, sending off of Hector... a lot of difficult situations.

"I think 15 matches is normal time for a decision and if the owner decides about me I will agree, no problem.

"The biggest pressure is myself. I don't need extra pressure because I always evaluate every situation and I don't satisfy my level now.

"I am my own most serious analyst, I am never speaking about 'it's not my fault'.

"I will agree with the owner's decision in this situation. If he lets me continue to work I will try to change the situation."

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk:

"It doesn't get much better, in terms of performance levels, the points we took from it and the goals that we scored.

"The only negative was their goal but that was out of nothing and from their point of view it was a good finish.

"Both performances have deserved the three points, have deserved the goals.

"Hull have scored a lot of goals this season, so they were always going to be a threat, and I thought we really took care of them defensively very well and we looked a dangerous team on the attack as well."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 29Tomori
  • 21Dawson
  • 5HectorBooked at 83mins
  • 24Clark
  • 8Meyler
  • 35StewartSubstituted forDickoat 45'minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 16LarssonSubstituted forGrosickiat 53'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4IrvineBooked at 90mins
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forDiomandeat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Grosicki
  • 9Dicko
  • 12Marshall
  • 14Diomande
  • 22Henriksen
  • 30Lenihan
  • 34Aina

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 4AyalaBooked at 56mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 2FabioSubstituted forFriendat 11'minutes
  • 16HowsonBooked at 81mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 19Downing
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 62TavernierSubstituted forJohnsonat 71'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forFletcherat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 3Friend
  • 18Fletcher
  • 20Fry
  • 21Johnson
  • 34Forshaw
  • 37Traoré
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
15,454

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 1, Middlesbrough 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Middlesbrough 3.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

Foul by Max Clark (Hull City).

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Middlesbrough 3. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Dismissal

Michael Hector (Hull City) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Michael Hector (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Max Clark (Hull City).

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Foul by Kamil Grosicki (Hull City).

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Britt Assombalonga.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt blocked. Adama Diomande (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Meyler with a cross.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Martin Braithwaite is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Middlesbrough 2. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marvin Johnson replaces Marcus Tavernier.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Adama Diomande replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by George Friend.

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

Attempt saved. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier with a headed pass.

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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5Derby147432115625
6Leeds157262316723
7Middlesbrough156542013723
8Aston Villa146531913623
9Norwich156451418-422
10Preston145631914521
11Ipswich147072322121
12QPR155641918121
13Nottm Forest157082126-521
14Sheff Wed155551918120
15Fulham154741817119
16Millwall154561716117
17Hull154472726116
18Brentford143742020016
19Barnsley144462021-116
20Reading144371417-315
21Birmingham14338821-1312
22Sunderland151772030-1010
23Burton15249931-2210
24Bolton151591128-178
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