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Hull 4 Middlesbrough 2: Tigers lift survival bid by pushing Boro nearer drop zone

 

By Robert Jones

Hull climbed out of the bottom three of the Premier League for the first time since October and shoved Middlesbrough closer towards relegation with a thrilling 4-2 win at the KCOM Stadium.

Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez gave Hull a two-goal cushion after team-mate Lazar Markovic had cancelled out Alvaro Negredo's early opener for Middlesbrough.

Boro hit back in first-half stoppage time through Marten De Roon's header before Harry Maguire headed Hull's fourth in the second period.

Meanwhile, Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse spared Shane Long's blushes as Southampton hit two goals in as many minutes to sink Crystal Palace 3-1 at St Mary's.

Republic of Ireland striker Long spurned a trio of gilt-edged chances and Saints were almost made to pay. But Yoshida's tap-in seven minutes from time turned the tie, after Christian Benteke and Nathan Redmond had traded first-half goals, and Ward-Prowse sealed the win.

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