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Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - English Football League - Championship Full time

Hull City vs Middlesbrough Match Report

Tigers Earn Fantastic Point Against Boro

Hull City earned themselves a really good point today against promotion chasing Middlesbrough. An early second half goal from Britt Assombalonga was cancelled out by Jarrod Bowen’s penalty as City got a 1-1 draw in a match they could have won on another day.

Head coach Nigel Adkins shook things up from the start as he played a 5-4-1 formation, changing from the usual 4-2-3-1 formation. The gamble most definitely paid off as City looked really solid at the back, especially with new signing Tommy Elphick who commanded the defence keeping them well drilled and in formation.

The defensive style of play was apparent throughout the first half as neither keeper had a save to make. The only chance for both sides came from City skipper Markus Henriksen 10 minutes in but his low driven shot from 25 yards went just wide.

Five minutes into the second half Britt Assombalonga turned the ball into the net from inside the box after a cross came in from the right. A very disappointing goal to concede after Kamil Grosicki tried to overplay the ball from inside the defensive third before losing out to a Boro player.

Some good chances came for both sides after the goal. Aden Flint’s header from Ryan Shotton’s throw-in landed on the roof of the net before Kamil Grosicki’s well placed free-kick was saved well by Darren Randolph down low.

City equalised 20 minutes later through a Jarrod Bowen penalty. A ball came in from a corner and Chris Martin was held down by Daniel Ayala but to the disbelief of City’s fans the referee, who had a poor match, waved away the protests. Just seconds after that, Chris Martin was bundled over in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Bowen sent Randolph the wrong and dispatched his penalty into the bottom left corner.

City carried on their pressure but never really carved out a proper chance. Despite this they made Boro look very ordinary large parts of the game.

Just before fulltime Jonny Howson headed the ball down towards the goal but a fantastic save down low from David Marshall denied him.

That caused a nailbiting end for City fans but resulted in a very well earned point. City take on Leeds at home on Tuesday in the next game in the league and if they can perform as well as today, it could be another unexpected result against a team at the top of the table.


Lineups:

Hull City:

David Marshall
Todd Kane
Reece Burke
Tommy Elphick
Jordy de Wijs - Stephen Kingsley (33’)
Eric Lichaj
Jarrod Bowen
Markus Henriksen (C)
Jackson Irvine
Kamil Grosicki - Fraizer Campbell (76’)
Chris Martin


Middlesbrough:

Darren Randolph
Ryan Shotton
Daniel Ayala
Aden Flint
George Friend
Sam McQueen - Stewart Downing (76’)
Jonny Howson
Adam Clayton - Muhamed Besic (76’)
George Saville
Britt Assombalonga
Jordan Hugill - Martin Braithwaite (76’)


Written by: Alex Green

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