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29/09/2018 at 15:46


SUMMARY: Hull City 1-1 Middlesbrough

Hull City turned in a stoic performance of solidity and determination that prevented Middlesbrough from going to the summit of the Championship table this Saturday. Understandably, given last week's frail defensive performance against a poor Reading team, City fans were bracing themselves for far worse this weekend against second placed Boro, but deservedly took a share of the points. 

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A good start from the Tigers saw Bowen head a close range effort wide, before a quick freekick had Henriksen drilling a shot just wide of the post. For all Middlesbrough's prowess from set pieces, City offered up precious little for the visitors in a rare, dogged defensive display. Indeed, the Tigers opted to go toe-to-toe with the leaders elect - but, as ever, quality is in short supply for the hosts, again failing themselves to record any shots on target. Therefore, a perhaps unexpected tame 0-0 scoreline reigned at the interval.

Yet, in typical City fashion, a cheap throw was conceded that provided the cross for Assombalonga to easily finish at the far post just six minutes into the second half. Bowen fired wide shortly after, but the youngster levelled matters on 69 minutes from the spot, following a foul on Martin. Despite, league positions, there was little to choose between the sides, although Marshall reserved an excellent save in the last minute to prevent Middlesbrough going top - and justly give both teams something to take from the match. 

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