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Middlesbrough v Hull - story of the match

Gaston Ramirez headed his second goal of the season as Middlesbrough made hard work of claiming a crucial Premier League win over relegation rivals Hull at the Riverside Stadium.

The Uruguayan marked an impressive performance by stooping to head home a Viktor Fischer corner on the hour and end his side's worrying run of three straight top-flight games without a win.

Boro dominated throughout and missed a catalogue of chances against the woeful Tigers who nevertheless almost grabbed an unlikely point in injury time through Adama Diomande.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Been impressed with Adam Forshaw for #Middlesbrough" - Jamie Carragher (@Carra23).

https://twitter.com/Carra23/status/805881301186252800

STAR MAN

Gaston Ramirez may flit in and out of games and serve up a fair proportion of frustration, but his willingness to work hard on gruelling nights at the wrong end of the Premier League table cannot be questioned. The Uruguayan star's skill made the difference throughout and his 60th-minute goal was everything his performance deserved.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Only a few hundred Hull fans made their shortest away trip of the season to the Riverside Stadium which speaks volumes for the air of disillusion which continues to gather over the Tigers' top-flight season. The Boro fans, meanwhile, were particularly raucous and should continue to prove a crucial factor in their side's battle to beat the drop.

RATINGS

Middlesbrough:

Victor Valdes 5 (out of 10)

Fabio 7

Ben Gibson 6

Adam Clayton 6

Calum Chambers 6

Viktor Fischer 7

Marten de Roon 7

Antonio Barragan 6

Adam Forshaw 7

Gaston Ramirez 8

Alvaro Negredo 5

Substitutes:

Cristhian Stuani (for Fischer, 80 mins) 5

Stewart Downing (for Ramirez, 86) 5

Hull:

David Marshall 7

Andrew Robertson 6

Curtis Davies 6

Michael Dawson 7

Ahmed Elmohamady 5

Robert Snodgrass 5

Sam Clucas 5

Jake Livermore 5

Markus Henriksen 6

Ryan Mason 4

Adama Diomande 6

Substitutes:

Tom Huddlestone (for Livermore, 61) 5

Jarrod Bowen (for Mason, 61) 5

David Meyler (for Henriksen, 81) 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Middlesbrough v Southampton (Premier League, Sunday, December 11)

Hull v Crystal Palace (Premier League, Saturday, December 12)

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