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Hull City 2-0 Middlesbrough: Match Report

2 October 2021

Two goals in the last ten minutes secured Hull City their first home win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

A Joe Lumley own goal and a composed finish by Mallik Wilks earned the Tigers all three points.

Grant McCann made five changes to the starting XI that drew against Blackpool last time out. Goalscorer from midweek Tom Eaves started, while there were returns for Richie Smallwood, Josh Emmanuel, Tyler Smith and Di’Shon Bernard.

The Tigers started the brighter of the two teams as Moncur’s free-kick hit the side-netting, while Bernard saw his drilled effort parried by Lumley. At the other end, Duncan Watmore fired a chance wide for Middlesbrough while Marcus Tavernier saw an effort blocked by Jacob Greaves. The Middlesbrough winger then forced a good save from Matt Ingram at his near post, before putting the rebound wide of the goal.

There were a few opportunities towards the end of the first half as Smith and Greaves fired chances off target for City, while the visitors had a great chance with Andraž Šporar who fired over from close range.

In the second half, Marc Bola saw his effort blocked well by both Andy Cannon and Bernard, before Tavernier fired wide following a quick Boro counter-attack. Šporar then placed a one-on-one effort wide, while Eaves volleyed his first-time effort wide.

Ingram then produced a fantastic save to deny Paddy McNair, with the goalkeeper sharply getting down to his right-hand side to push away the midfielder’s volley.

The Tigers took the lead with nine minutes left to play as Keane Lewis-Potter’s half-volley hit the inside of the post before deflecting into the back of the net off Lumley’s back. Middlesbrough tried to respond late on as Jonny Howson saw his effort blocked by Bernard, before McNair found the net from a free-kick, but it was ruled out by referee Andy Davies.

Uche Ikpeazu thought he had found an equaliser in injury time, but his effort was well-saved by Ingram at his near post, before the Tigers scored their second, as a quick counter-attack saw Wilks clinically finish the move with a low placed effort. Ingram had to be alert moments later to deny James Léa Siliki to preserve the clean sheet as the Tigers secured victory at the MKM Stadium.

 

Hull City: Matt Ingram; Di’Shon Bernard, Alfie Jones (Sean McLoughlin 42’), Jacob Greaves; Josh Emmanuel, Andy Cannon, Richie Smallwood ©, George Moncur (Greg Docherty 60’), Keane Lewis-Potter; Tom Eaves, Tyler Smith (Mallik Wilks 69’).

Subs Not Used: Nathan Baxter, Ryan Longman, Matt Smith, Josh Hinds.

 

Middlesbrough: Joe Lumley; Lee Peltier, Sol Bamba, Dael Fry (James Léa Siliki 79’); Marcus Tavernier, Jonny Howson ©, Matt Crooks, Paddy McNair, Marc Bola (Isiah Jones 84’); Andraž Šporar, Duncan Watmore (Uche Ikpeazu 84’).

Subs Not Used: Luke Daniels, Toyosi Olusanya, William Kokolo.

 

Attendance: 13,696


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