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Match Report: Hull City 2-1 Middlesbrough (Boro Fan's Perspective)

Wednesday 11th April 2012
Despite a 1-0 half time lead through top scorer Marvin Emnes, Boro's dismal run of form continued after two second half goals condemned them to defeat at the KC stadium.

The Teessider's made four changes from the side that tasted defeat against play-off rivals Cardiff on Saturday; with Tony McMahon, Julio Arca, Richard Smallwood and Marvin Emnes coming in as Boro started with a 4-3-1-2 formation.

The Tigers had a couple of early chances and Jason Steele had to be alert to deny Josh King's low drive and Stephen McManus did well to block Brady's 20 yard strike.

It was Boro however that made the break through after just 13 minutes as midfielder Barry Robson put Marvin Emnes through on the left hand side of the area and the Dutchman curled a right-footed effort in to the corner, to send the 2850 travelling fans in to raptures.

Emnes nearly made it two on the half hour mark after he was sent clear by Seb Hines only to be denied by Hull 'keeper Vito Mannone, who saved well to deny a certain goal.

The visitors continued to dominate possession in the first half but it was Hull's Fryatt that come closest before the break; his shot was charged down by the Boro defence and Tony Mowbray's side went in ahead at half time.

Hull dominated early possession in the second half with the visiting Teessider's looking like they were yet to leave the dressing room for the second 45 and it was the Tigers that drew level after only 13 minutes of the second period.

A loose pass by stand in skipper Robson gifted on loan Manchester United youngster Josh King a run on goal, and the pacey winger smashed past Jason Steele from just inside the box.

Hull grew in confidence after drawing level and defender Richard Garcia should have done better but his volley was straight at Steele as the hosts pressed for a second.

Despite Hull's dominance Boro nearly snatched a second, but McDonald's far post header went just wide of Mannone's goal.

Brady then had another long range effort for Hull that went just wide of the target and Fryatt's volley was blocked by Scottish centre-back McManus.

Hull sub Cameron Stewart's powerful shot was well saved at full stretch by Jason Steele as the hosts tried to make their second half dominance pay.

And up the other end McManus headed over in front of the travelling fans in the final minutes as the game looked destined to end all square.

But as the clock approached the 90 minute mark, King capitalised on some slack Middlesbrough defending and fed Fryatt who duly dispatched under Jason Steele to seal all three points for Barmby's side.

The defeat leaves Boro in 8th place two points outside the play-off spots and with only four tough games to go will it be too little too late for Tony Mowbray's side?
Matthew Nixon

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