Middlesbrough’s playoff hopes were dealt a serious blow as Hull City produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. It was their second consecutive home loss as they missed an opportunity to move into the top six. It was a hard-fought contest before Keane Lewis-Potter scored the only goal of the game in the 74th minute.
Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “This is the business end of the season, we have missed an opportunity. That is the disappointing aspect of it. But there are quite a few teams who would swap positions with us. We want to keep going and adding to the points tally. I am disappointed. That’s what happens if you’re not at it and your standards aren’t very good. For 20 minutes we were OK, but it deteriorated into a poor performance individually. We gave the ball away too cheaply. There were individual errors and you could see that result coming. It was that kind of performance. That is one of our poorest performances of the season at home. The goalkeeper should have done better.”
Hull’s Shota Arveladze: “It is why we should keep him (Lewis-Potter) always. He is our best player and nobody will want to see him go. He can get extra when you need it. I thanked him in previous games. When he is there, he can go and nobody really gets him. He can run and run and bring the whole team down, which makes sense again. He can do that in a second like he did, which he does so easily. He has done great this year, with great goals. This was a really important and massive three points after losing the last two. Coming here we see the statistics, the results Boro has at home.”
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