Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Silva delights at 'best' Hull performance with Boro win

Silva delights at 'best' Hull performance with Boro win

Uruguayan global Abel Hernandez scored one and set up another as Hull boosted their hopes of survival while seriously denting Middlesbrough's chances with a fine 4-2 win in their Premier League clash on Wednesday.

Marco Silva was full of praise for his Hull City side after they hammered Middlesbrough 4-2 last night.

Victory was the Tigers' fifth in six home league games and lifted them two points above Swansea, while Boro, without a league win since December 17, appear destined for a return to the Sky Bet Championship. It wasn't easy for us to concede the goal we did, it was offside, but we stayed calm and controlled all of the second half. Grosicki popped up on the right wing to collect a fine pass from Harry Maguire and deliver a handsome ball across the face of goal to Hernandez who did the rest at the far post.

Goals from Lazar Markovic, Oumar Niasse, Abel Hernandez and Harry Maguire moved Hull seven points clear of their fellow strugglers in the drop zone - and two points above the drop zone.

Adama Traore's low angled cross from the right side of the penalty area was turned home at the far by the unmarked Negredo.

Andy Robertson's deflected cross in from the left caused confusion in the Middlesbrough defence and after Hernandez had seen his effort from close range blocked, Markovic followed up to poke the ball into the net. "We have technical players, we have good wide players, we have big effective strikers, so I think we have got enough variety at the top end of the field to score us a goal".

Alfred N'Diaye hooked the ball forward and Hernandez's headed pass fell invitingly to Niasse, who buried his shot under Victor Valdes from 12 yards.

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The hosts heaped the pressure on Middlesbrough and a mistake by central defender Ben Gibson resulted in Hull taking a deserved lead.

But Boro refused to surrender.

The visitors though did pull a goal back, in controversial fashion, just before half-time as De Roon, clearly in an offside position, headed in.

There was initial confusion over whether the goal had been given as referee Michael Oliver went to consult with the linesman. Hull midfielder N'Diaye's angled drive was saved at full stretch by Valdes, but such were their exertions in the first periods, players on both sides were already looking exhausted.

Maguire's emphatic finish, from a tight angle, appeared to take the wind from Boro's sails.

Boro, who have taken one point from three games since sacking Aitor Karanka last month, were backed by 2,500 travelling fans at the KCOM, where Agnew spent over two years as assistant boss to Steve Bruce.

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