The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AF­TER a week of tur­moil at the River­side, this was a cru­cial three points and a timely boost for Ai­tor Karanka’s side with an in­ter­na­tional break loom­ing.

But it was ob­vi­ous that this was a clash be­tween two sides des­per­ately low on con­fi­dence, and with an aw­ful lot to lose.

For Hull, the de­feat means Steve Bruce’s side have now taken just three points from their last five games, with only two goals scored.

It is a lack of fire­power that is de­rail­ing City’s pro­mo­tion chal­lenge but they were good for a point in this clash and looked the bet­ter side for large parts of the se­cond half.

For Boro, it was all about get­ting back to win­ning ways, al­though the per­for­mance was sloppy and they just don’t have the co­he­sion they had ear­lier in the sea­son. If Hull had taken ei­ther of the two good chances that fell to Robert Sn­od­grass and Ahmed El­mo­hamady then you sense the home side would have strug­gled to get back into the con­test.

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