Hull City 1-3 Middlesbrough
Hull City suffered a 3-1 defeat against Middlesbrough in the EFL Championship.
Despite Cyrus Christie netting his second goal of the season, the Boro secured all three points at the MKM Stadium.
Interim Head Coach Andy Dawson made three changes to his starting XI to the one that faced Blackburn Rovers on the weekend. Óscar Estupiñán started ahead of Ryan Longman upfront, while Ozan Tufan and Brandon Fleming also came in for Dimitrios Pelkas and Alfie Jones respectively.
Chances were a premium in the opening exchanges of the game. After two early bookings for the visitors for Hayden Hackney and Tommy Smith, the first chance fell to former Tiger Chuba Akpom. Isaiah Jones created the shooting opportunity for the forward on the edge of the penalty area, but Akpom fired his effort wide of Nathan Baxter’s right-hand post.
Estupiñán had the first attempt for the Tigers as they broke on the counter attack. Greg Docherty, who was making his 100th appearance in all competitions for Hull City, teed up the Colombian forward, but his left-footed drilled strike flew over the bar.
Middlesbrough took the lead on the half-hour as Jones delivered a curling cross towards the back post for Akpom to head home from close range. Baxter produced a good save to deny the visitors a second as he parried Ryan Giles’ low strike before the goalkeeper stuck out a leg to poke away the rebound as Akpom looked to pounce.
Hull City: Baxter; Christie, Figueiredo, Greaves (C), Fleming (Coyle 72’); Seri, Woods (Sinik 55’); Docherty, Tufan (Longman 81’), Slater (Pelkas 55’); Estupiñán.
Subs Not Used: Ingram, A. Jones, McLoughlin.
Middlesbrough: Steffen; Smith, Fry, Lenihan, Giles; I. Jones (Dijksteel 90’), Howson (C), Hackney (Mowatt 90’), McGree (Crooks 84’); Akpom, Forss (Muniz 70’).
Subs Not Used: Roberts, Hoppe, McNair.