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Hull City Hernandez-inspired club eye safety after thumping 'Boro

Hull City Hernandez-inspired club eye safety after thumping 'Boro

A less frantic, but no less thrilling, second half saw Harry Maguire stretch the Tigers' lead before the game was closed out and with Swansea losing at home to Tottenham Hotspur, the result was enough to move out of the relegation zone.

By the time the music had stopped shortly before 9.40pm, Hull had three precious points and Boro were a step closer to a Championship return.

Middlesbrough stayed next to last, seven points adrift of safety. With Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool still to play, there seems no way back for the Teesside club.

Last night may have brought the attacking football the Boro fans had craved for so long, but it was to no avail.

To City's credit they continued to press forward and 9 minutes later a ball in the area ricocheted about allowing Markovic to put the ball into the empty net. 1-1. Alvaro Negredo's neat touch found Adama Traore in space inside the right channel and twisted and turned inside the 18-yard box before hitting a low cross which Negredo dispatched at the far post.

"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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Those same Teesside voices, though, were soon silenced by three goals in 19 minutes from the home side. "The players remarked on the noise they made in the far corner".

It was proper end-to-end stuff and Middlesbrough were nearly back within a goal when Rudy Gestede got up high to meet a deep cross and saw his header tipped onto the crossbar by Jakupovic. "But ultimately, we didn't do our jobs defensively and without the ball, and we have to resolve that quickly", said defender Ben Gibson, who has been one of the true bright spots for Boro this year, recently earning a call-up to the England squad.

Alfred N'Diaye brought a smart save from Valdes, then both Robertson and Grosicki were unfortunate to see inviting crosses go begging.

Traore and Negredo combined again as Boro swarmed back on to the offensive and the latter's shot on the turn was kept out by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic before the home side swept into a 3-1 lead.

Hernandez set up Senegalese worldwide Oumar Niasse before scoring himself with Serbian global Lazar Markovic also getting on the scoresheet and Harry Maguire adding a fourth in the second-half.

Subs: Guzan (gk), Bernardo, Leadbitter, Forshaw, Guedioura, Stuani, Bamford.

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