Hull beats Middlesbrough, out of EPL relegation zone

Posted April 07, 2017

Their supporters chanted "City are staying up", and although safety is not certain, it felt like a defining moment at the foot of the Premier League, more so in the case of Agnew's team, ... It was the Spaniard's first goal since the end of January and only the visitors' second in seven league matches. With nothing to lose the Teessiders pushed men forward and they were soon creating further chances.

Marco Silva praised his Hull City side's character after their 4-2 thumping of Middlesborough, securing a vital win that pulled them out of the relegation zone, as reports the Hull Daily Mail.

Boro were stunned and needed some invention to get back in the game and Rudy Gestede almost provided that but he saw his header tipped onto the crossbar by keeper Eldin Jakupovic.

"As a team we were strong, we had a good attitude and I am happy".

Against the odds the match began with a bang as goal-shy Middlesbrough stunned the hosts by taking the lead through leading scorer Alvaro Negredo, who slotted home Adama Traore's low cross.

Maguire's diagonal ball was crossed first time by Grosicki from the right and with Valdes stranded, Hernandez steered home his fourth league goal of the season.

"We scored just before half-time and maybe the whistle came at a bad time for us - we were on top and had them penned in".

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Only the reflexes of Jakupovic prevented Boro from quickly halving the deficit as he tipped Rudy Gestede's far-post header onto the crossbar.

Those same Teesside voices, though, were soon silenced by three goals in 19 minutes from the home side.

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.

Hull, though, emerged from the break and stuck to their task, deservedly restoring their two goal cushion with 20 minutes remaining as an unmarked Harry Maguire headed home Andrew Robertson's cross.

Hull City: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Maguire (Dawson 80), Ranocchia, Robertson; Markovic, Clucas, N'Diaye, Grosicki (Henriksen 88); Niasse, Hernandez (Evandro 50).

Marten de Roon headed home when offside but referee Michael Oliver allowed it.