Two-goal hero gets Hug-e pat on back

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By CLIVE HETHER­ING­TON

MID­DLES­BROUGH boss Tony Pulis hailed the hard work of two-goal hero Jor­dan Hugill.

The striker tucked away a 38th-minute penalty and added a sec­ond be­fore the break to grab his first two league goals for his home­town club on a sea­son­long loan from West Ham.

That meant Boro stretched their un­beaten run in all com­pe­ti­tions to six matches.

Hugill has not started a game for the Ham­mers de­spite cost­ing £10mil­lion from Pre­ston in Jan­uary.

And Pulis said: “I was re­ally pleased Jor­dan got the two goals. What peo­ple have missed is the lad went to West Ham where he wasn’t re­ally in­volved and in pre-sea­son he got an in­jury.

“He came here re­ally cold and his fit­ness lev­els were nowhere near the rest of the group. But he’s worked re­ally hard and in the last few games we’ve seen some good signs.

“The play­ers are de­lighted for him be­cause he’s such a good lad and he has his qual­i­ties.”

It was Wi­gan’s first game since a £22m takeover by the In­ter­na­tional En­ter­tain­ment Cor­po­ra­tion but, with in­juries and the sus­pen­sion of Sam Morsy, it was al­ways go­ing to be a tall or­der for the Lat­ics who have now lost four games in a row and seven in suc­ces­sion away from home.

But boss Paul Cook said: “We’re very dis­ap­pointed. We’re in the midst of a re­ally dis­ap­point­ing run. We were play­ing a very strong team and you know you’re go­ing to come un­der pressure here.

“But the goals we’re giv­ing away are not com­ing from pressure. They’re com­ing from in­di­vid­ual mis­takes.

“They say it can’t rain for­ever but we’ve just come off the pitch and it was pour­ing!’’

Wi­gan’s goal led a charmed life un­til Cedric Kipre made it easy for Ge­orge Friend to win the penalty and Hugill sent keeper Chris­tian Wal­ton the wrong way. It was the first spot-kick Boro had scored at home for two sea­sons.

Hugill dou­bled his tally when Martin Braith­waite swept the ball in from the left and, though Wal­ton got a hand to it, the man of the mo­ment chested down and ham­mered home a half-vol­ley.

GOOD WORK: Jor­dan Hugill

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