MIDDLESBROUGH'S frustrating season continues after a cruel defeat to Hull City at he MKM Stadium.

They lost by two goals to nil as a Joe Lumley own goal and a Mallik Wilks finish did the damage in the final ten minutes. 

How did the players' performance rate in Humberside? Digital Sports Writer Matty Jones was watching the game... 


Goals: Lumley own goal 81’ (volley that smacked the post rebounded off his back and into the net), Wilks 90+’ (broke away on the counter attack and finish with a low effort.

Bookings: Tavernier 6’ (pulling on the shirt of a Hull City player) Peltier 59’ (hauling down Lewis-Potter as he was bursting through), McNair 78’ (late sliding challenge on Lewis-Potter

Referee: Andy Davies – made a few questionable decisions and there was confusion whether he handed Tavernier a second yellow or Peltier a first yellow.

Entertainment: **

BORO XI (3-5-2):

6 Lumley – The own goal was cruel and there’s nothing he could have done about the rebound. Clean sheet was all but there until ten minutes from time.

6 Fry – Manfully stood up to the task of battling with Eaves and had to come off after a series of heavy knocks.

7 Bamba – Put his body on the line and made some key blocks. Another solid display from the veteran.

6 Peltier – Was drawn inside a lot and left the right hand side exposed at times. Another booking means he’s now suspended for the next game.

6 Bola – Provided a threat down the left hand side but still not convinced he is one hundred per cent fit.

7 Tavernier – Was the architect behind a lot of Boro attacks. However, should have scored on numerous occasions.

6 McNair – Struggled to get a grip of the ball with the weather conditions. Was unlucky not to score only to be denied by a great Ingram save.

6 Howson – Looked off the pace and misplaced a number of passes. That being said, the weather played it’s part.

6 Crooks – Would have wanted to have more of an influence on the game. He didn’t register an effort on goal.

7 Watmore – Showed plenty of endeavour and hard work. You can always rely on him to run into the ground.

6 Sporar – The Slovenian had two chances being released in on goal and you’d expect him to take them. Ultimately proved costly.


79’ James Lea-Siliki – N/A

84’ Uche Ikpeazu – N/A

84’ Isaiah Jones – N/A

Subs not used: Daniels, Kokolo, Olusanya

Hull City: Ingram 8; Greaves 6, Jones 6 (McLoughlin 42’), Bernard 8, Emmanuel 6; Smallwood 7, Cannon 6, Moncur  6(Docherty 60’ 6), Lewis-Potter 8; Eaves 7, T.Smith 6 (Wilks 69’ 7)

Subs not used: Baxter, Longman, M.Smith, Jarvis

Man of the Match: Matt Ingram – Kept Hull City in the game and made a number of tremendous stops to keep Boro out.