Premier League
5 December 2016
Game week
0 - 0
1 - 0
Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough)


G. Ramírez (G) 60' (assist by: V. Fischer)
1 - 0


Minute   Description
FULL-TIME! Boro snatch a vital three points in the Premier League, as the hosts triumph 1-0 over Hull. Ramirez netted the only goal of the game, in a match that Karanka's men dominated, with the visitors only threatening in the last five minutes of action. That is a great result for the home side, who move further clear of the drop zone, with Phelan and company well and truly left in the mire. That's all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
90'+4 Forshaw runs the ball upfield and then plays carefully backwards, as Boro try to wind down the clock. Valdes gives the ball away with a poor kick, but a terrible pass down the line from Huddlestone fails to find Bowen. Wasted opportunity for the away side.
90'+2 Chance for Diomande! El Mohamady does well at the near post to flick on a corner delivery, but Diomande can't stretch enough to slide in and apply a finish at the back post. Time seemed to just stand still for a moment there, everyone who rooted to the spot but the Norwegian striker.
90' Downing bends in a cross from the left-hand side, but it is guided away from danger by Davies. There are four minutes of stoppage time. Diomande takes aim with a cross-cum-shot from the left-hand side, which forces Valdes to palm the ball around the post and behind!
88' Fabio manages to win a free-kick for the hosts, after a late tackle from Bowen, as Boro look to slow the play down and take their time over dead-balls. The home side now have their midfield three sat deeper and their wide men tucking in, to provide resistance against a hungry Hull attack.
87' Ramirez is forced off with an injury late on, with Downing taking to the field for the dying stages.
85' Despite dominating this game from arguably start to finish, Boro still haven't put it to bed. Hull are trying to threaten and push men forward, but they're having no luck from anything but set pieces. Nerves are starting to show for Karanka's men. Clucas takes aim from 25 yards out, but drags a shot wide.
83' Robertson threatens down the left-hand side, and earns yet another Hull corner, with Phelan happy to see Dawson and Davies making their way into the opposition penalty area. Fabio clears for the hosts, before a second delivery into the box is nodded on by Dawson. Valdes is able to make a simply catch.
81' Henriksen is replaced by Meyler for the latter stages of this game, with the Irishman adding fresh legs to a midfield that has been entirely outclassed tonight.
That was Fischer's last contribution, with the Denmark international replaced by Stuani for the dying stages at the Riverside.
80' Only 10 minutes remain for the home side to see out, but 1-0 remains a very narrow scoreline. Boro are happy to slow things down with a spell of possession, which gives Forshaw the chance to cross from the right. His back-post delivery is half-cleared by Dawson, before Fischer picks up the scraps and shoots high and wide of the target from close-range.
78' Boro head up the other end and win a corner of their own, which is curled into the danger area by Ramirez. El Mohamady clears at his near post, with Hull then countering down the right through Snodgrass. The Scotland international goes down claiming a foul, but neither the referee nor his linesman are interested. The former Norwich winger is livid.
76' Bowen sets a pass back to Robertson, who gets beyond Ramirez and finds Henriksen with a pass. The Norwegian international tries to clip a cross into the box, but can only win a corner. Snodgrass bends in the set-piece, which an unmarked Clucas can only head wildly over the crossbar. What a chance!
74' Hull initially looked to fight back after Ramirez's header, but Boro have wrestled back both control and possession in the last five or 10 minutes. Karanka's men just keep their opponents chasing. Negredo is picked out by a cross from the left-hand side by Fabio, but the ex-Sevilla man can only head straight down Marshall's throat.
72' Fabio picks up a yellow card for a very cynical tackle that ends an attempted break from Hull almost as quickly as it began.
Barragan is released down the right, but chooses to take his time and then set a pass back infield. Fischer is picked out making his way into the box, forcing Dawson to come across and make a good challenge that concedes a corner. This time, Ramirez takes, but Chambers is beaten in the air, before a shot from the rebound is fired into a ruck of bodies by Clayton.
70' Boro enjoy a long spell of possession, which seeks to take the sting out of the game, as Hull have improved since falling behind. Phelan is gesticulating wildly on the sideline, with Karanka looking much more composed now. This result will be vital with regard to the relegation zone, as it'd see the hosts go four points clear of tonight's opponents.
68' Negredo tries to slide a pass into the penalty area for Fischer to chase, but the ball is cut out ahead of the former Ajax forward's run. A second goal would really help Boro's cause, and now that Hull are committing more players forward, they might find the space that they usually love to exploit on the break.
66' Less than half an hour stands between Boro and a vital three home points in the Premier League, but Phelan's reshuffle shows that Hull aren't prepared to just sit back and let the hosts cruise to victory. The home fans are urging their players on, but since the opening goal the visitors are looking a little sharper offensively.
64' Hull threaten to get forward down the right-hand side, as Snodgrass is released by Clucas, but the Scotland international's delivery is knocked behind for a corner. Valdes tries to claim the resulting set-piece, but fluffs his lines. Fortunately for the hosts, who worked so hard to get their lead, a defender gets there first to mop up.
62' Livermore also takes his leave for the away side, but this time it is a like-for-like swap for Huddlestone.
Mason is replaced, as Hull make their first change of the evening. Bowen is thrown into the fray to give Diomande some support.
60' Fischer bends in an excellent corner from the left-hand side, which swings into the back-post area invitingly.
GOOOOOOOOAL! RAMIREZ MAKES IT 1-0! Chambers is unable to knock down a Boro corner from the left-hand side, with Ramirez first to react inside the penalty area. He just ghosts in and nods a close-range finish home, with Diomande defending terribly.
58' Ramirez bends a corner delivery in from the left-hand side, but Marshall makes a great claim above traffic. Boro are just keeping things ticking over and asking all of the questions, but Karanka might need to look to his bench. The hosts are dominating, but they just can't seem to get any quality service into Negredo in this second half.
56' Boro just can't seem to find a way through, with the home fans feeling a bit aggrieved after Gibson appeared to be shoved in the opposition penalty area by Diomande. The Norwegian forward can consider himself a little lucky there, as he wasn't playing the ball at all. Karanka's men are just staying patient and keeping hold of the ball.
54' Livermore is penalised for a cynical challenge, as he shunts through the back of Ramirez, with the Englishman getting a final warning after picking up a booking in the first half. The Boro midfielder dusts himself down to take the free-kick, but strikes the wall with his attempt. Barragan keeps it alive, but Diomande eventually deals with the Spaniard's cross.
52' Negredo is the target of a long, direct pass forward, but El Mohamady has the situation under control and nods a header back to Marshall. Phelan's men are still being reserved and careful, they appear content to simply stay in this game as long as they can. Mason releases Robertson down the left, but a cut-back from the full-back only results in Livemore giving possession away.
50' Barragan manages to release Ramirez down the right, who feeds a pass forward to Forshaw. The Englishman clips a pass back into the Uruguayan, who manages to earn Boro a corner. It comes to nothing, but during the hosts' next attack, Davies is required to make a great interception. The second half is continuing as the first ended!
48' Robertson makes a poor clearance on the left-hand side, which Ramirez gets on the end of easily. The Uruguayan shoots from a tight angle, but the Scottish left-back makes a block, before the rebound is nodded half-clear by Davies. This time, Boro see a low shot bounce a long way wide of the left-hand post. Scrappy stuff!
46' We are back underway in the second half in this Premier League clash! Boro will wonder how they aren't ahead, and will presumably approach this next 45 minutes refreshed and prepared to break down a resilient Hull rear-guard action.
HALF-TIME! It's goalless, but Boro have been much the better of the two sides at the Riverside. Hull have been defensive, with Dawson helping his team to hold onto what would be a very valuable point in the battle against relegation. Karanka's men have been dominant and have had the lion's share of both possession and the chances, but it remains 0-0.
45' There is one minute of stoppage time. Fischer sees a close-range shot blocked by Mason.
44' Gibson defuses another dangerous situation for the hosts, as Diomande tries to threaten down the right channel. Hull manage to stroke possession around and calm things down, but it more appears that Boro are prepared to take a brief breather. The home side just can't seem to find a breakthrough.
42' Barragan bends in a cross from the right-hand side, but it is cleared, with Hull breaking well. Diomande is released in behind and steams his way into the penalty area, but Gibson tracks back to make a fantastic sliding tackle. Last-ditch stuff, and it needed to be! The crowd sound their appreciation.
40' Five minutes remain until the break, and Hull will be rather happy if they can make it back into their dressing room at 0-0. Diomande finds Clucas on the left, who feeds Livermore, but a poor pass into Snodgrass is intercepted ahead of the Scotland international. That is the best passage of play that Phelan's side have managed in the last 20 minutes, and it was still terrible.
38' Forshaw is picked out making a back-post run, but El Mohamady manages to get there first to cushion the ball straight at Marshall. Hull are incredibly deep, so much so that there is no link between their midfield and attack at all. The away side just can''t get out. Forshaw bends a cross in towards Negredo, but the Spaniard can only nod a header a long way wide of the left-hand upright.
36' Barragan is found making tracks down the right-hand side, and then allows Clayton to overlap, but a back-post cross from the Englishman is nodded to safety. Boro are relentlessly pushing on, with Fischer threatening again. The Denmark international cuts infield from the left and shoots, but Dawson throws himself in the way to make a block.
34' Negredo and De Roon try to link up neatly, as the former tries a back-heel pass, but the execution hasn't quite been there for any of Boro's front three so far. Karanka will be pleased with his side's first half-hour performance, but they have been largely frustrated by a combination of Marshall and Dawson. As it stands, Hull will just be looking to get into the interval unscathed.
32' OFFSIDE! Ramirez is released down the right-hand side by Forshaw, with the ex-Southampton man able to hang up an inviting cross to the back post. Negredo nods a header square to Fischer, who bundles home an untidy close-range finish, but the ex-Ajax wide man is caught the wrong side of the last defender. So nearly the opening goal!
31' Fabio is found on the left-hand side, and bends a cross in, but Henriksen cushions a clearance away. Boro maintain their pressure, with Ramirez fed down the right. His cross is dummied by Negredo at the near post, but Fischer can only follow up and thrash a tame effort into a defender. Phelan's men are really weathering a fierce storm here. Diomande has barely touched the ball.
29' Boro win themselves a free-kick on the right-hand side for handball, as Davies miscontrols. Ramirez is the man to whip it into the penalty area, but Marshall comes off his line quickly to punch clear. Hull just can't seem to get hold of possession at the moment, with Karanka's men having it comfortable thus far. Valdes has barely been worried.
27' De Roon is nearly picked out by a cross from the right-hand side, but Dawson heads half-clear, with Fischer picking up the scraps. The Dane jinks onto his right foot, but a low drive from the Boro winger is turned over the bar by a block from the Hull captain again! Diomande and Mason combine to clear their lines from the resulting set-piece.
25' Boro are moving the ball from right to left, patiently probing for a gap, with Dawson and Davies able to deal with anything more aerial and direct from the hosts. Barragan is picked out getting down the right again, but a poor touch from the Spaniard ensures that Robertson can usher the ball out for a goal-kick. The home fans are getting a little bit frustrated.
23' Clayton bends the ball out to Barragan on the right-hand side, but the Spaniard fails to whip a good ball into Negredo. The ex-Valencia striker is able to meet it, but as it is directed behind him, he struggles to get any kind of power on his header. Whenever Boro have been given the opportunity to get forward at pace, they've looked fairly dangerous.
21' Forshaw denied by Marshall! The English midfielder manages to rob the ball back from Snodgrass, before driving into some space in between the lines, but his low effort is pushed around the post! The resulting corner is cleared, with Clucas then able to drive away from his own area with the ball. Boro are still unable to find a way through.
19' Robertson drives down the left and releases Clucas beyond him, with the Englishman then seeing a cross deflected behind for a Hull corner. Snodgrass bends the set-piece in, but Gibson is able to head away in front of Dawson brilliantly. The ball is worked back to Snodgrass, but he accidentally runs it out of play at the byline. The home fans liked that, it seems.
17' Fischer jinks inside from the left-hand side and tries to shoot with his right foot, but the Dane is closed down quickly. Fabio is released down the left, and wins a corner from Clucas, as Boro continue to ask the bulk of the questions. Clayton whips a ball towards the near post, but the linesman raises his flag for offside - what a waste. Karanka doesn't look happy.
15' Livermore gets a yellow card for going in late on Barragan, with the Englishman catching the ex-Valencia full-back on the ankle long after the ball had gone.
14' El Mohamady is released down the right-hand side and manages to win a corner from Fabio, who is incensed that a set-piece has been given in favour of the away team. A delivery is whipped in towards Dawson, who can't head goalwards, with Clucas firing the rebound over the crossbar from close-range. That is as close as Phelan's men have come thus far.
12' Valdes has had a very quiet game so far, with Marshall doing the bulk of the goalkeeping. Fabio is picked out on the left and bends in a cross, but Davies heads away under pressure from Ramirez. The cutting edge isn't quite there yet, and Negredo may well come to rue that terrible miss inside the first 10 minutes.
10' The home side have edged possession so far, as might have been expected, with Hull happy to be negative. Fabio and Barragan are pushing high upfield, as Boro try to stretch a five-man away midfield. Ramirez appears to be the key man to break the lines, with the Uruguayan firing a 25-yard effort straight down Marshall's throat!
8' Over the top from Negredo! The ex-Sevilla striker is fed into the clear, after Ramirez did really well to win the ball back in the middle of the park. He finds De Roon, who slots a through-ball in behind the Hull back four, but the Spaniard can't hit the target. That was a big opportunity! The away side respond with a counter, but Barragan slides in to deny Mason the chance to cross from the left.
6' No chances so far, as it is clear that both sides know exactly what defeat in this contest might mean. The away side are looking to release Snodgrass down the right whenever they can, but the service into Diomande has been quite poor. Low-quality first five minutes or so in the North East.
4' Hull are looking to be quite pragmatic and measured in their approach, getting plenty of bodies behind the ball when required. Boro break down the left-hand side, following a great interception from Fabio, but the Brazilian plays a one-two with Fischer that sees the ex-Ajax wide man slot a pass straight out of play. The home crowd groans, as that initially looked promising.
2' Diomande is found by a pass to feet, with Clucas then fed possession on the edge of the box, but Forshaw tracks back to make a good tackle to mop up. The hosts are keen to get in possession and stroke it about, with Hull more than happy to sit back in reserved fashion and not take any early risks.
1' We are underway in the first half at the Riverside! Both of these teams desperately need a win, due to finding themselves at the wrong end of the Premier League table, so this should be a rather hard-fought affair.
Hull substitutes: Maguire, Meyler, Huddlestone, Jakupovic, Weir, Tymon, Bowen.
Hull starting line-up (4-5-1): Marshall; El Mohamady, Davies, Dawson, Robertson; Snodgrass, Livermore, Clucas, Mason, Henriksen; Diomande.
Boro substitutes: Bernardo, Leadbitter, Guzan, Stuani, Downing, Nsue, Adama Traore.
Boro starting line-up (4-3-3): Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio; Forshaw, Clayton, De Roon; Ramirez, Negredo, Fischer.
TEAM NEWS: Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies will hope to continue to lead by example at the back for Hull, who have no surprise picks. After impressing last week, Adama Diomande takes the starting role up front, with compatriot Markus Henrikson getting a start in midfield. Robert Snodgrass should be key out on the right, but the away side are still lacking depth on their bench.
TEAM NEWS: Calum Chambers is chosen to partner Ben Gibson at centre-back for Boro, with Fabio continuing at left-back due to an injury to George Friend. Marten De Roon, Adam Clayton and Adam Forshaw make up an energetic midfield three, with Viktor Fischer and Gaston Ramirez hoping to provide some creativity from out wide. Alvaro Negredo leads the line. Adama Traore is fit enough for the bench.
As this stand in the Premier League, Hull find themselves in 19th place, while Boro are three spots above them. That being said, the gap between the two teams is a measly one point. Just three points separate 13th and 19th place, making this an early-season relegation six-pointer.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Middlesbrough's home Premier League fixture against Hull City, as the visitors make the commute to try and take another welcome three points in the English top-flight. Both teams have only won one of their last five league matches, making this a vital contest.


A. Robertson
C. Davies
B. Gibson
A. Clayton
R. Snodgrass
Álvaro Negredo
S. Clucas
V. Fischer
J. Livermore
M. de Roon
A. Diomande
M. Dawson
G. Ramírez
M. Henriksen
D. Marshall
R. Mason
C. Chambers
Víctor Valdés
Ahmed El Mohamady
A. Forshaw

Additional info

M. Dean
S. Long
Fourth official
M. Clattenburg


Match Stats

Middlesbrough Hull City
37 Attacks (Dangerous) 25
13 Corners 7
6 Fouls 11
12 Free Kicks 9
6 Goal Kicks 6
3 Offsides 1
3 Shots (blocked) 1
7 Shots (off target) 4
3 Shots (on target) 2
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
10 Throw Ins 19

Regular Season

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