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Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull City: Britt Assombalonga goal gives Boro back-to-back wins

Britt Assombalonga scoring for Middlesbrough
Britt Assombalonga has now scored 13 goals in 42 appearances for Middlesbrough this season

Britt Assombalonga's goal was enough to move Middlesbrough back within a point of the Championship play-off places as they damaged Hull's own top-six bid.

The hosts opened the scoring after 25 minutes when forward Assombalonga tapped in Ashley Fletcher's low cross.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo international came close to doubling Boro's lead just before half-time, striking an effort against the crossbar.

Hull winger Kamil Grosicki saw his free-kick tipped on to the bar by home keeper Darren Randolph in injury time as Middlesbrough held on for all three points.

Middlesbrough had lost six of their past seven Championship fixtures and could have gone behind in the first half when Grosicki saw his shot well saved by Randolph.

But, once they went ahead, Tony Pulis' team looked the better side and nearly doubled their lead moments after Assombalonga's opener but George Saville failed to bundle in Fletcher's looping header at the far post.

City keeper David Marshall made a number of crucial saves, parrying away Saville's curling free-kick midway through the first period and blocking a Fletcher effort in the 68th minute.

Hull striker Fraizer Campbell twice nearly equalised, heading Jarrod Bowen's cross narrowly wide before slicing a shot off target, while Grosicki saw his chip cleared off the line by John Obi Mikel with 12 minutes remaining before being denied by the woodwork late on.

The result means Middlesbrough are seventh, a point behind sixth-placed Bristol City, who have a game in hand, while Hull remain ninth, five points off the top six.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Tees:

"I just think again it's déjà vu. The chances we had first half, we should be scoring more than the one goal.

"If it's just the one goal, it's going to be edgy all the way through and that's the way it was.

"I think we had seven chances today where if we beat the goalkeeper, we score.

"We are obviously pleased with the result. I'm really, really pleased, they had to dig in and they did dig in."

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"How have we not won the game?

"We had some good opportunities in the first half, but second half we totally dominated the game.

"I think the referee is going to go to the very top of the game - he has to see that penalty on Frazier Campbell.

"It's the clearest penalty he's ever going to see in his career and he's not given it and that could have changed the game. How the four officials cannot give that is beyond me.

"You cannot fault the players' effort and commitment and desire. Unfortunately we haven't got the result we've come for."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forClaytonat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Flint
  • 20Fry
  • 5Shotton
  • 16Howson
  • 2Mikel
  • 37BesicSubstituted forDowningat 79'minutes
  • 22Saville
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forTavernierat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Hugill
  • 17McNair
  • 19Downing
  • 28Tavernier
  • 39Gestede

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 17KaneSubstituted forEvandroat 77'minutes
  • 5Burke
  • 4de WijsSubstituted forBattyat 87'minutes
  • 2Lichaj
  • 20Bowen
  • 22HenriksenBooked at 36mins
  • 16Irvine
  • 14Grosicki
  • 8PughSubstituted forMartinat 65'minutes
  • 25Campbell

Substitutes

  • 6Stewart
  • 7Evandro
  • 12Long
  • 18Batty
  • 27McKenzie
  • 29Martin
  • 36Ridgewell
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
22,427

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamHull
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Hull City 0.

Attempt saved. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jackson Irvine with a cross.

Attempt saved. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Batty (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Daniel Batty (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Chris Martin (Hull City).

John Obi Mikel (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Daniel Batty replaces Jordy de Wijs.

Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jordy de Wijs (Hull City).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marcus Tavernier replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing replaces Muhamed Besic.

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ashley Fletcher.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Markus Henriksen.

Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Reece Burke with a headed pass.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Evandro replaces Todd Kane.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen.

Attempt saved. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chris Martin replaces Marc Pugh.

David Marshall (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dael Fry (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds422571069422782
3Sheff Utd422310969393079
4West Brom4221101181562573
5Aston Villa421815977581969
6Bristol City411811125546965
7Middlesbrough421713124436864
8Derby411712125950963
9Hull42179166159260
10Sheff Wed421514135255-359
11Nottm Forest421415135652457
12Preston421512156059157
13Swansea41168175554156
14Brentford421412166658854
15Blackburn421411175764-753
16Stoke421119124147-652
17QPR42139205065-1548
18Birmingham421316135854446
19Reading421014184763-1644
20Millwall411012194659-1342
21Wigan411011204461-1741
22Rotherham42816184672-2640
23Bolton4288262972-4332
24Ipswich42416223368-3528
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