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over the Hull bar. But it was not long before the strong travelling support from Teesside had something to celebrate when they went in front on 51 minutes.
Jonny Howson whipped in a ball from the right and Assombalonga was in the right place to tuck the ball home for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Just a minute later, Assombalonga was put in again, although this time home stopper David Marshall was able to get behind the hitman’s fierce effort and keep him at bay.
Bowen then curled a rasping effort over the bar as Hull searched for a quickfire response.
Down at the other end, Flint came within a lick of paint of doubling their advantage when he rose highest to a throw-in but saw his header graze the top of the City crossbar.
With a quarter of the game left, Boro oro handed the hosts a lifeline when Daniel niel Ayala clumsily fouled Chris Martin in the box to concede a penalty.
From the resulting spot-kick, Bowen wen made no mistake and slotted past Ranandolph to restore parity.
Nigel Adkins’ side were buoyed by the goal and stepped up their pursuit of f a winner, with Bowen always looking g a threat going forward.
Henriksen almost capped off an impressive move but his tame attempt mpt was dealt with by Randolph, who was the busier goalkeeper as the game me approached its latter stages although ugh Marshall had to be alert to keep out Howson’s downward header late on.
George Friend of Middlesbrough applauds the fans at the end of the matchBritt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough scores their first goal past David MarshallBritt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring the team’s first goal