Date: 20th February 2018 at 11:01pm
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Following today’s clash between Middlesbrough and Hull City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Middlesbrough hosted Hull City at the Riverside Stadium for a 7.45pm kick off on Tuesday February 20, with the hosts taking a three one victory.

Rudy Gestede opened the scoring 16 minutes into the game but Hull did level through Evandro in the 41st minute. Boro weren’t to be outdone though on home soil and Patrick Bamford scored on the stroke of half time to give them the advantage going into the second period.

13 minutes after the restart Gestede made it three to complete his first brace for the club and that was where the scoring ended.

Boro continue their push for the Play Offs but the defeat does not help Hull’s hopes of avoiding the drop this campaign.

Teams:

Middlesbrough:

Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Fry, Friend, Besic (Clayton 66), Leadbitter, Downing (Cranie 84), Traore, Gestede, Bamford (Howson 71).

Substitutes:

Konstantopoulos, Assombalonga, Harrison, Baker.

Hull:

McGregor, Hector, Dawson, MacDonald, Tomori (Diomande 76), Evandro, Toral (Grosicki 66), Irvine, Aina, Campbell, Keane.

Substitutes:

Meyler, Dicko, Marshall, Clark, Stewart.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Andy Madley blew the final whistle, Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis explained.

‘We’ve been a little bit shy in front of goal, so for Rudy to get two is great and he could have come off tonight with a hat-trick. I thought Patrick Bamford was having quite a poor time in the first half, but then he comes up with that wonderful, wonderful goal, which will give him a lift. There were good things and bad things again, and during the game that can frustrate you, but it’s a really good three points.’

Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins in his comparative interview explained.

‘The goals were gave away were dreadful, and if you’re defending like that, you’re never going to win anything. We get ourselves back into the game with a great goal from Evandro but then we shoot ourselves in the foot again right on the stroke of half-time. We have come away to a good team and played well, but we’ve gifted them three goals and you just cannot afford to do that.’

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