Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Tigers Move Out Of The Bottom Three With Victory Over Middlesbrough

Tigers Move Out Of The Bottom Three With Victory Over Middlesbrough

Hull City scored three goals in the first-half and went on to claim a vital 4-2 victory against Middlesbrough to help them in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.

But a well-deserved three points were wrapped up by Maguire's first league goal for Hull - plunging Boro further into the mire with Steve Agnew's men seven points adrift of safety.

A less frantic, but no less thrilling, second half saw Harry Maguire stretch the Tigers' lead before the game was closed out and with Swansea losing at home to Tottenham Hotspur, the result was enough to move out of the relegation zone. Grosicki popped up on the right wing to collect a fine pass from Harry Maguire and deliver a attractive ball across the face of goal to Hernandez who did the rest at the far post.

Hernandez set up Senegalese global Oumar Niasse before scoring himself with Serbian worldwide Lazar Markovic also getting on the scoresheet and Harry Maguire adding a fourth in the second-half.

Adama Traore's low angled cross from the right side of the penalty area was turned home at the far by the unmarked Negredo.

Hernandez followed that nuisance value by creating Hull's second, the Uruguayan capitalising on Ben Gibson mis-reading the flight of the ball before passing to Niasse, who fired in from 12 yards.

Despite taking an early lead the Teessiders were 3-2 down at half-time.

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Rudy Gestede's header from Stewart Downing's cross forced Jakupovic into a brilliant reflex save and Negredo curled a left-footed effort a whisker wide.

Referee Michael Oliver consulted with his assistant and to the disbelief of Hull's players and fans he allowed the goal to stand.

Replays showed De Roon was clearly standing in an offside position when he headed the ball past Eldin Jakupovic. Hull midfielder N'Diaye's angled drive was saved at full stretch by Valdes, but such were their exertions in the first periods, players on both sides were already looking exhausted.

Maarten de Roon pulled a goal back for Middlesbrough in first-half stoppage time but Harry Maguire's header from a free kick in the 70th restored Hull's two-goal cushion.

Maguire's emphatic finish, from a tight angle, appeared to take the wind from Boro's sails.

Hull turned the game on its head in the 27th minute.

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