A late goal from Matt Fryatt ended Hull's run of five straight defeats and earned them a victory over Middlesbrough to dent the Teessiders' play-off hopes.

Marvin Emnes had earlier given Boro the lead when he curled a right-footed shot into the top corner.

Josh King levelled things, rifling home his first goal for the Tigers.

Fryatt then secured Hull's first win in seven with his 12th goal of the season, diverting King's cross home.

The victory moves the Tigers up to 10th place, just four points behind Cardiff City, who occupy the final play-off place. Boro sit two points better off despite four draws and four defeats from their last eight games.

The visitors broke the deadlock with their first chance of the game, when Emnes scored his 17th goal of the season.

The Dutch striker went close again but Vito Mannone saved well to prevent him adding to the tally.

After King converted a loose ball to level things up it was the home side who took control with Richard Garcia and Cameron Stewart both going close.

Fryatt wrapped up the victory when he converted King's right-wing cross.

Hull manager Nick Barmby: "We were on top, but the opposition hit us on the break. We got punished trying to play offside.

"Vito [Mannone] made a great save [from Marvin Emnes] when it was 1-0 and it was the turning point of the game. He's been doing that for us all season.

"But then we got the players in at half-time and told them that we needed to be tighter as a team as our shape wasn't right.

"We showed a lot of bravery on the ball in the second half, which was important."

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray: "We were very disappointed to only be 1-0 up at half-time as we had lots of opportunities to score and didn't take them.

"We told them at half-time about concentrating, but Hull didn't have to work hard for their first goal, and it gave their supporters a lift.

"Then they got the second goal and it gave us a result that we could not have foreseen at half-time.

"There are now four games left and I think we probably need to win three of them."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Hull City

  • 28 Mannone
  • 03 Dawson
  • 05 Chester
  • 34 Cooper Booked
  • 08 Evans Booked
  • 10 Koren (Olofinjana - 90' )
  • 14 Cairney
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 17 Brady (Stewart - 77' )
  • 27 King
  • 29 Garcia

Substitutes

  • 24 Gulacsi
  • 25 East
  • 07 Stewart
  • 30 Olofinjana
  • 35 Cullen

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 06 McManus
  • 15 Hines
  • 29 McMahon
  • 10 Bailey
  • 17 Robson (Martin - 87' )
  • 18 Arca (Hammill - 74' )
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 07 McDonald
  • 09 Emnes (Ogbeche - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Thomson
  • 11 Hammill
  • 22 Martin
  • 16 Ogbeche
  • 30 Jutkiew'z
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 19,613

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

10 6

Corners

8 6

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Chester by Seb Hines. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

90:00 +3:42

Richard Smallwood fouled by Matt Fryatt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

90:00 +1:34

The ball is delivered by Joshua King, Corry Evans produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

89:57 Substitution

Substitution Seyi Olofinjana on for Robert Koren.

89:13

The referee blows for offside against Matt Fryatt. Direct free kick taken by Stephen McManus. Adam Hammill delivers the ball, clearance by Tom Cairney.

87:49

The assist for the goal came from Joshua King.

87:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Fryatt - Hull 2 - 1 Middlesbro Matt Fryatt gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 2-1 Middlesbrough.

86:45

Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

86:45 Substitution

Substitution Malaury Martin is brought on as a substitute for Barry Robson.

86:45

Barry Robson crosses the ball. The referee blows for offside against Scott McDonald.

85:06

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tony McMahon from left channel, Tom Cairney makes a clearance.

85:06 Booking

Booking Corry Evans goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

84:29

Corry Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Bart Ogbeche.

82:49

Cameron Stewart produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Jason Steele makes a save.

80:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tony McMahon, Joshua King makes a clearance. Corner taken by Barry Robson, clearance made by Joshua King. Centre by Scott McDonald, Liam Cooper makes a clearance.

80:27

Shot from 12 yards from Bart Ogbeche. Richard Garcia gets a block in.

78:41

A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, Scott McDonald takes a shot. Liam Cooper gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Tony McMahon, James Chester makes a clearance. Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Stephen McManus goes harmlessly over the crossbar. James Chester manages to make a clearance.

76:31

Liam Cooper takes the free kick.

76:31 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Brady leaves the field to be replaced by Cameron Stewart.

76:31

Foul by Barry Robson on Andy Dawson, free kick awarded.

76:08

Effort from 12 yards by Matt Fryatt. Blocked by Stephen McManus.

75:42

Richard Smallwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Brady. Free kick taken by Robert Koren.

75:24

The ball is swung over by Barry Robson, Richard Garcia manages to make a clearance.

73:31 Substitution

Substitution Adam Hammill is brought on as a substitute for Julio Arca.

73:31 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Emnes goes off and Bart Ogbeche comes on.

73:31

Robbie Brady has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

72:42

Centre by Tony McMahon, Header by Scott McDonald from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

72:06

Matt Fryatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McManus. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

71:32

Foul by Barry Robson on Andy Dawson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

69:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Justin Hoyte. Vito Mannone takes the direct free kick.

68:52

Corner taken right-footed by Robert Koren from the left by-line, Shot by Richard Garcia. Save by Jason Steele.

68:44

The ball is delivered by Robbie Brady, blocked by Tony McMahon.

67:08

Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.

67:08 Booking

Booking Liam Cooper shown a yellow card.

66:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Liam Cooper.

66:30

The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

65:28

Unfair challenge on Richard Smallwood by Robbie Brady results in a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

65:08

Richard Garcia sends in a cross.

64:00

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, clearance by Richard Garcia.

63:25

Barry Robson produces a cross, clearance made by Liam Cooper.

63:05

Matt Fryatt crosses the ball, fantastic save by Jason Steele.

62:11

The referee blows for offside. James Chester takes the direct free kick.

61:38

Tom Cairney fouled by Richard Smallwood, the ref awards a free kick. Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.

60:25

Corry Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony McMahon. Barry Robson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, James Chester makes a clearance. Nicky Bailey produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

59:08

Foul by Matt Fryatt on Nicky Bailey, free kick awarded. Stephen McManus takes the free kick.

57:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Joshua King - Hull 1 - 1 Middlesbro Joshua King grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Hull 1-1 Middlesbrough.

56:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Cairney by Nicky Bailey. James Chester takes the free kick.

54:12

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robert Koren, clearance by Barry Robson.

54:03

A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady, blocked by Tony McMahon.

53:34

Nicky Bailey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joshua King. Direct free kick taken by Richard Garcia.

51:04

Scott McDonald fouled by Andy Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.

50:31

Marvin Emnes has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

49:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Cairney from the right by-line, Barry Robson makes a clearance.

49:23

The ball is swung over by Robbie Brady. The ball is delivered by Richard Garcia, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.

49:01

The ball is sent over by Robert Koren, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.

48:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Julio Arca on Joshua King. Tom Cairney restarts play with the free kick.

45:36

The ball is sent over by Matt Fryatt, clearance by Stephen McManus. Corner taken right-footed by Robert Koren from the right by-line, Julio Arca manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

40:09

Nicky Bailey fouled by Robert Koren, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

37:51

Barry Robson produces a cross, clearance by Andy Dawson.

36:31

Joshua King produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

36:12

Andy Dawson sends in a cross, clearance by Nicky Bailey.

35:12

Tony McMahon challenges Joshua King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

34:10

The referee blows for offside against Matt Fryatt. Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

32:20

The referee blows for offside against Matt Fryatt. Seb Hines takes the direct free kick.

31:26

Scott McDonald produces a cross, clearance made by James Chester.

30:30

Marvin Emnes takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Vito Mannone. Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line, Liam Cooper makes a clearance.

28:58

Joshua King delivers the ball, blocked by Stephen McManus.

28:15

A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady, clearance by Seb Hines.

27:12

Centre by Barry Robson. The official flags Marvin Emnes offside. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

26:24

Matt Fryatt takes a shot. Seb Hines gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Tom Cairney to the near post, clearance by Seb Hines.

25:37

Scott McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.

24:26

Barry Robson sends in a cross, James Chester gets a block in. Corner taken by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Liam Cooper. Seb Hines crosses the ball, clearance made by Liam Cooper.

22:14

The ball is sent over by Robbie Brady.

20:15

Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, clearance made by Matt Fryatt.

18:55

Scott McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

16:24

A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady, Seb Hines manages to make a clearance.

16:17

Robbie Brady crosses the ball, clearance by Stephen McManus.

14:59

Corry Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon. Barry Robson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Robbie Brady.

12:11

Assist on the goal came from Nicky Bailey.

12:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Emnes - Hull 0 - 1 Middlesbro Marvin Emnes scores a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hull 0-1 Middlesbrough.

11:09

Centre by Justin Hoyte, save by Vito Mannone.

8:54

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Koren, Liam Cooper takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

6:47

Shot from 20 yards by Robbie Brady. Blocked by Stephen McManus. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robert Koren, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Robert Koren.

6:06

The referee blows for offside. Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.

4:56

James Chester gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald. Tony McMahon sends in a cross, Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vito Mannone.

3:45

Joshua King has a drilled shot. Save made by Jason Steele. Corner taken by Tom Cairney played to the near post, Tony McMahon makes a clearance.

3:28

Tony McMahon crosses the ball, clearance made by Tom Cairney.

2:46

Foul by Corry Evans on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Seb Hines.

2:31

Shot by Matt Fryatt. Clearance by Stephen McManus.

2:11

Effort from 20 yards by Scott McDonald. Blocked by Andy Dawson.

1:49

Unfair challenge on Seb Hines by Matt Fryatt results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

0:28

Foul by James Chester on Scott McDonald, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Justin Hoyte, Andy Dawson makes a clearance. Scott McDonald is caught offside. Vito Mannone takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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