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- By Simon Bird

GRANT McCANN admits he could be powerless to stop Premier League clubs stealing Hull’s comeback hero Jarrod Bowen.

The winger scored twice in four minutes to revive Hull and heap more pressure on Boro boss JonathanWo­odgate.

McCann says if Bowen stays he can win the Championsh­ip’s Golden Boot.

Bowen scored with a brilliant 70th-minute volley after Boro played the last 50 minutes with 10 men following Marvin Johnson’s dismissal.

Then Bowen, 22, mopped up the scraps at the back post after Jordy De Wijs headed across goal.

Bowen has 11 goals this term and 23 in the Championsh­ip in 2019, nine more than any other rival. Hull are desperate to extend his contract to 2022 and protect their £20millionr­ated asset.

Asked if Bowen will leave in January, Hull boss McCann said: “I don’t know. What will be, will be. We’re delighted to have him. We want to enjoy him.

“He’s a top player. His first goal was an excellent finish, the second he arrives and finishes a cross. He has real determinat­ion to be top scorer in the division. He has everything about him to do that.”

Woodgate’s team had been cruising after Marcus Tavernier and Ashley Fletcher swept them to a two-goal lead. But they collapsed under pressure and have now gone 10 games in the league without a victory.

The first half was one of the best of Woodgate’s reign, the second one of the worst, triggered by the red card for Johnson for a knee-high sliding tackle on Eric Lichaj.

Fuming Woodgate said: “As long as we had 11 on the pitch we were sensationa­l.

“It was a lack of discipline from Marvin. You can’t tackle like that. I’ve told him he has cost the team. He can’t say anything back, can he? A threegame ban was the last thing we needed with a thin squad.”

He said of Hull: “Some of their forward play was a threat. They have a matchwinne­r in Bowen. We need to do better. It feels like a defeat. I can see the signs of improvemen­t but ill-discipline cost us.”

MIDDLESBRO­UGH (3-5-2): Randolph 6; Howson 7, Ayala 6, Fry 5; Dijksteel 6, McNair 5, Wing 5, Tavernier 6, Johnson 3; Fletcher 6 (Clayton 46, 5), Assombalon­ga 6. Sent off: Johnson 37. Goals: Tavernier 7, Fletcher 26.

HULL (4-2-3-1): Long 6; Lichaj 6, Burke 6, De Wijs 7, Elder 6 (Bowler 59, 6); Stewart 6, Irvine 6; Da Silva 6 (Batty 59, 6), Grosicki 6 (Lewis-Potter 90), Bowen 8; Eaves 6. Goals: Bowen 70, 74.

 ?? Pictures: ED SYKES ?? JOY FOR JARROD Bowen lets fly to start Hull’s comeback then celebrates equaliser
Pictures: ED SYKES JOY FOR JARROD Bowen lets fly to start Hull’s comeback then celebrates equaliser

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