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FOOTBALL: Tigers earn fantastic point against Boro
HULL CITY 1 – 1 MIDDLESBROUGH (Saturday October 29)
By Beverley FM reporter Alex Green
Hull City earned themselves a really good point against promotion chasing Middlesbrough. An early second-half goal from Britt Assombalonga was cancelled out by Jarrod Bowen’s penalty as City got a 1-1 draw in a match they could have won on another day.
Head coach Nigel Adkins shook things up from the start as he played a 5-4-1 formation, changing from the usual 4-2-3-1 formation. The gamble most definitely paid off as City looked really solid at the back, especially with new signing Tommy Elphick, who commanded the defence, keeping them well drilled and in formation.
The defensive style of play was apparent throughout the first-half as neither keeper had a save to make. The only chance for both sides came from City skipper Markus Henriksen 10 minutes in, but his low driven shot from 25 yards went just wide.
Five minutes into the second half Britt Assombalonga turned the ball into the net from inside the box after a cross came in from the right. A very disappointing goal to concede after Kamil Grosicki tried to overplay the ball from inside the defensive third before losing out to a Boro player.
Some good chances came for both sides after the goal. Aden Flint’s header from Ryan Shotton’s throw-in landed on the roof of the net before Kamil Grosicki’s well placed free-kick was saved well by Darren Randolph down low.
City equalised 20 minutes later through a Jarrod Bowen penalty. A ball came in from a corner and Chris Martin was held down by Daniel Ayala but to the disbelief of City’s fans the referee, who had a poor match, waved away the protests. Just seconds after that, Chris Martin was bundled over in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Bowen sent Randolph the wrong and dispatched his penalty into the bottom left corner.
City carried on their pressure but never really carved out a proper chance. Despite this they made Boro look very ordinary for large parts of the game.
Just before fulltime Jonny Howson headed the ball down towards the goal but a fantastic save down low from David Marshall denied him. That caused a nail-biting end for City fans but resulted in a very well-earned point.