Heartache at Hull
By Robert Nichols
Friday 03 Jul 2020 16:37:00
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A horrendous injury time goal for Hull has turned Boro’s great escape plan on its head. In a scrappy game Boro looked more than good value for a point. We should have had 3 but a point would at least have kept The Tigers below us and built on the win at Stoke. But now the pressure is on ahead of the weekend’s fixtures. Boro must beat QPR to keep our heads above the water line.

That Hull heartbreak has really increased the pressure with everyone now breathing down our necks. We are now just one point ahead of the bottom three who are all snapping at our heals, as they pick up point after 3 points. We could effectively be another point above the drop zone as if and when Wigan lose 12 points they will be dumped to the very bottom of the pack. But one thing is for sure we cannot rely on any favours from elsewhere as even Wigan are still capable of mounting another charge on present form.

Boro started so well on Saturday after Britt converted an early penalty when Patrick Roberts was felled following in on Marvin Johnson’s blast from 20 yards. But we failed hold on to that lead for more than a few minutes. Kane’s excellently converted free kick came after Johnson was adjudged to have fouled his winger, Wilks.

For the rest of the game the ball spent a lot of time off the deck but Boro had plenty of good opportunities yet we often squandered them with rushed final balls. Patrick Roberts and Djed Spence had the total beating of the Hull left back who eventually went off injured. This was something that Spence then suffered. Hopefully it is not too serious. Though Howson played superbly at right back.
In the second half Boro switched attack to our left as Johnson and Coulson were now guilty of wasting great crossing positions.

Warnock had chosen to start without either of the Stoke goalscorers, although both Tav and then Fletcher did come on later on to try and find a finish. Tav perhaps unlucky to be adjudged to have fouled when he went through and put the ball in the net.

If only we could have seen the game out. But one in punt in the box in the final moments was our undoing, someone leaving Wilks unmarked as everyone was drawn to the front post.

Now we have to hope that for once results don’t all go against us at the weekend. We could do without being in the bottom three when we come to play on Sunday as that will pile even more pressure on us.

Neil Warnock did say there would be ups and downs, something really illustrated in the past two weeks. Hull was horrendous for us. We can see that we have the tools to unlock teams but we need to bury our chances and shut up shop at the back.

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