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Sunday Sun - - Football -

MID­DLES­BROUGH missed the chance to go top of the Cham­pi­onship af­ter be­ing held to a 1-1 draw at Hull City.

Boro took the lead through Britt As­som­ba­longa just af­ter the break, but were de­nied all three points af­ter Jar­rod Bowen con­verted a penalty for the hosts.

The re­sult means Boro drop to third af­ter West Brom’s win at Pre­ston sent them top, ahead of sec­ond-placed Leeds.

The Tigers made much the bet­ter start, be­ly­ing the 11-point gap that ex­isted be­tween the two sides at kick-off.

Bowen should have put the hosts in front af­ter just four min­utes but placed a header wide of goal af­ter be­ing picked out ex­pertly by winger Kamil Grosicki.

The Pole – mak­ing his first start for City in five months and his first com­pet­i­tive start since Poland’s 1-0 win over Japan dur­ing the World Cup – was in the thick of the ac­tion early on and was put through on goal, only for the im­pos­ing fig­ure of Aden Flint to blunt his at­tack.

Hull were well on top and skip­per Markus Hen­rik­sen saw a daisy-cut­ter fly just past the post of Darren Ran­dolph on 10 min­utes.

Flint then nod­ded wide for Boro from a cor­ner soon af­ter­wards while Britt As­som­ba­longa di­rected a shot wide of goal af­ter a good counter-at­tack from the vis­i­tors.

Both de­fences were on top for the re­main­der of the half, with chances lim­ited and a suc­ces­sion of stop­pages af­fect­ing the early flow of the game.

Boro came out af­ter the restart full of en­ergy and full-back Ge­orge Friend sig­nalled their in­tent by fizzing a shot just

SHOTS ON TAR­GET SHOTS OFF TAR­GET COR­NERS FOULS POS­SES­SIONJonny How­son re­acts af­ter miss­ing a goalRyan Shot­ton of Mid­dles­brough is tack­led by Stephen Kins­ley of Hull City

Daniel Ayala of Mid­dles­brough is chal­lenged by Chris Martin

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