Kingston upon Hull - Hull climbed out of the bottom three of
the Premier League for the first time since October and pushed Middlesbrough
closer to relegation with a vital 4-2 home win on Wednesday.
Marco Silva's side trailed to Alvaro Negredo's opener, but
Lazar Markovic equalised before Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez put Hull in
control at the KCOM Stadium.
Middlesbrough's Marten De Roon got one back just before half
time, but Harry Maguire headed Hull's fourth midway through the second period.
The Tigers' fifth win in six home league games lifted them
two points above Swansea, while Middlesbrough, without a league win since
December 17, are seven points from safety and appear destined for a return to
Hull thought they had drawn first blood but Niasse was
deemed offside when he turned the ball home at the end of a slick move in the
The first blow was landed by Middlesbrough two minutes
Adama Traore's low angled cross from the right side of the
penalty area was turned home at the far by the unmarked Negredo.
It was the Spaniard's first goal since the end of January
and only the visitors' second in seven league matches.
The Tigers equalised in the 14th minute through Markovic,
who slammed the ball home from close range after the visitors had failed to
clear Niasse's flick-on from Andrew Robertson's cross.
Hull turned the game on its head in the 27th minute.
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.
Hull struck again when Maguire's diagonal ball was crossed
first time by Kamil Grosicki from the right and with Valdes stranded, Hernandez
steered home his fourth league goal of the season.
Middlesbrough reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage
time in controversial circumstances.
Adam Clayton's corner was nodded on by Ben Gibson and with
both De Roon and Traore clearly offside, the former headed home.
Referee Michael Oliver consulted with his assistant and to
the disbelief of Hull's players and fans he allowed the goal to stand.
But Hull gave themselves some much-needed breathing space
and restored their two-goal cushion in the 70th minute when Maguire stole in
unmarked at the far post to head home Robertson's curling cross.