Hull boost survival hopes with 4-2 win over Boro

Hull boost survival hopes with 4-2 win over Boro

Hull boost survival hopes with 4-2 win over Boro

Clucas admits it was massive for Hull to take six points from the last two games against West Ham and Middlesbrough, and is now hopeful that the team spirit fostered by Silva can help them continue to climb the table.

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.

Hull's nerves were finally settled 20 minutes from time by Maguire's first Premier League goal, the defender marking his bow as captain with a bullet header at the back post from Robertson's free-kick.

Indeed, the Tigers have amassed 17 points since he was sworn in - the fourth highest total in the Premier League in that time frame, behind only Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton.

Middlesbrough stayed next to last, seven points adrift of safety. Then Hernandez headed the ball into the path of Niasse, who drilled home from 12 yards.

However, 'Boro didn't hold the lead for long as Markovic, on loan from Liverpool, pounced to rifle the ball home for his first goal for the club. Both Rudy Gestede and Negredo went close with their head while the Spaniard, looking far more effective with a partner alongside, curled a fine effort inches wide.

The visitors did get one back in controversial circumstances in time added-on at the end of the first-half.

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Just before the interval, Middlesbrough did manage to get themselves back into the game from a set piece, as the deep corner was sent back into the mixer by Ben Gibson, before it was met by Martin De Roon who made it 3-2.

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

The Tigers suffered an early blow in the second half when Hernandez was forced off with an injury, with Evandro coming on in his place. 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.

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

"There's eight games and 24 points still to fight for".

Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse scored within a minute of each other in the closing stages to hand Southampton their first home win since January as they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Wednesday.

Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew emphasised that the club must be realistic about their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

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