It is with great frustration that this will be our last match report covering Hull City. We have tried to get in touch with the club multiple times regarding match coverage and they simply will not reply to our emails. So for now this will be the last match we cover for Hull City. More information on this will be released in the near future.
And now onto the good news! Nobody in the crowd was expecting such a showcase of attacking prowess from a team, now formally, in the bottom three. After falling behind in the first 5 minutes of the game you could see fans all over preparing to watch an onslaught.
The onslaught did not come. In fact it was a trigger for the performance of the season from the Tigers. From the goal onward Hull did not look like the losing side. Middlesbrough sat back and accepted that the way the game started was far from how the game would continue.
It took only 8 minutes for Hull to strike back. After a deflected Robertson cross was knocked on by Niasse, Hernandez and Middlesbrough keeper, Valdés, scrambled to keep the ball out. It fell sweetly in front of Lazar Markovic who powered the ball in from 4ft, giving him the much-needed confidence boost that was showing for the remainder of the game.
The pressure continued through the entire first half, when Niasse finally got his reward for his attacking presence with a finely taken goal, after a lovely flick on from Hernandez. Just 6 minutes later Hernandez also got onto the scoresheet.
Harry Maguire, taking the captains armband, came out of defence and produced a perfect pass for Grosicki, who slid the ball over to Hernandez to slot home a much needed goal.
Middlesbrough’s only way back into the game came from one of the worst decisions in recent memory. As a cross came in, De Roon stood still in an offside position, by some 4 yards, with another Middlesbrough player blocking the keeper too, to head tamely into the net. After much deliberation with his linesman, Michael Oliver inexplicably gave the goal. Going in at half-time gave a sense of foreboding for the home fans. Would the FA throw another spanner in the works of Hull’s survival?
When the teams came back out and the game restarted it was obvious that the goal was just a speedbump, as Hull came back out and dominated yet again. In fact Middlesbrough barely managed to trouble Jakupovic for the entire half.
To add to his fabulous display as captain, Maguire added a first Premier League goal to his remarkable season. As an excellent ball was floated in from a free kick, Maguire found himself unmarked and managed to direct his header right over Valdés and into the back of the net.
Unfortunately Maguire’s night was cut short with injury. To help Hull over the finish line Dawson came off the bench after recovering from injury.
We predicted 4-0 before the match. Were it not for a lapse in concentration by Elmohamady and a glaring error by Michael Oliver and his linesman, our prediction could have been spot on.
As for the weekend’s game against Man City. We’d be lying if we thought we had much of a chance. But stranger things have happened.
Man of the Match:
Sam Clucas – made Huddlestone’s absence feel minimal and produced a dominating display in midfield.