BORO UNDONE BY LACK OF IMAGINATION
AITOR Karanka is right to be worried.
Last year, his welldrilled, ultra-organised side were undone by a lack of flair and invention.
Based on this performance, nothing has really changed.
Yes, Hull are a formidable side. Fast, strong, technically excellent. With the likes of Robert Snodgrass still to return, it’s hard to see how anything – even injuries – can prevent a return to the Premier League.
They simply do not have a weak link.
Middlesbrough do, and it’s glaring – they simply do not pass or break quickly enough to frighten sides of Hull’s quality.
Stewart Downing will create chances but only if you give him the ball.
David Nugent will score goals but only if he gets the service. Both were isolated by a back four and midfield who sat way too deep and played too many conservative passes. Unless Karanka can find a way to make Middlesbrough more expansive, the top two may fall agonisingly out of reach again.
STAR MAN SAM CLUCAS