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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

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