Written by HullCityJournals
Hull city failed to kick on from their fantastic midweek win against Newcastle United with a mundane tie against an equally dull riverside outfit (Middlesbrough).
Whatever the outcome, the away side, however, did start the brighter of the two sides who are at the bottom end of the premier league table. A corner earned by Robert Snodgrass allowed the tigers to be applying the early pressure. Driven into captain Dawson, a header back down into the path of ‘clueless’ Clucas to fire high over the bar, an appalling effort but showed little fight, at least at the start anyway.
After half an hour into the cold, Monday night tie, the home-side had the ball in the back of the net, I thought this was very well deserved for them , however, it was ruled out and rightly so. Adam Forshaw ran into the Hull box with a focused attacking mind like he had done already so much, before squaring to the ex-tiger Gaston Ramirez, who had ever so neatly chipped a ball to the back post for Negredo to head back across the face of goal, to an offside Fischer who also hand-balled it in the process of the goal line scramble.
Various dangerous back-post crosses by ‘the boro’ left the stadium and millions of viewers on sky television just wondering “when will Hull city finally concede?” These thoughts nearly turned when Norwegian duo Diomande and Henriksen caused a second on panic for the reds’ defence. A beautiful lob by the attacking midfielder set Dio’ on his way towards goal, but an experienced centre-back in Gibson allowed the scores to stay level.
The start of the second half contrasted the first, with the home team now dominating. On the hour-mark a corner won by boro’ was swung in and Dawson was underneath the ball, as was his target man Chambers, which made way for the former tiger, Ramirez, to ghost in unmarked and header down into the ground and above Robertson’s head at the back post.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull city.
After the home team took their deserved lead, city made a double substitution, which consisted of youngster Jarrod Bowen who influenced the Hull attack. The torrid attempts that the black and amber boys gradually got better, but only managed their first shot on target in the 83rd minute! However poor they managed to do this, Diomande hit a striking shot which looked as tough he was going for a Geovanni, which forced a save from Valdes. The resulting corner left the lads heartbroken as they were so close to an equaliser.
Full-time: Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull.
I think playing with one upfront was the worst idea. You need to go for goals against a team that are around us in the league, don’t you agree? Let us know in the comments below!