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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