Gallery: Hull City 4-2 Middlesbrough
Hull City scored four goals in one match in the Premier League for the first time in over three years as they beat relegation rivals Middlesbrough 4-2 at the KCOM Stadium.
Goals from Lazar Markovic, Oumar Niasse, Abel Hernandez and Harry Maguire gave the side back-to-back wins for the first time in the Marco Silva era and lifts them outside of the relegation zone for the first time since the Portuguese took charge.
Alvaro Negredo gave the away side an early lead after a tap-in from Niasse had previously been ruled out for offside. The striker emphatically tapped in from just a few yards out from the right-hand side of Eldin Jakupovic’s net after a diagonal pass from Adama Traore, sending the ball into the left-hand corner of the goal after five minutes.
Hull hit straight back just nine minutes later after a goalmouth scramble. A deflected cross from Andrew Robertson was headed on by Niasse, putting it into the path of Ben Gibson who could only put the ball towards Hernandez. The Uruguayan’s small attempt was blocked before Markovic ran in to slam the ball into the left-hand corner of Victor Valdes’ net.
The home side took the lead after 27 when Hernandez headed the ball into the path of Niasse, who chested the ball down just outside the box before slotting the ball into Valdes’ right-hand corner with his right foot.
This lead was doubled just six minutes later after Kamil Grosicki passed to Hernandez in a swift attack for the Uruguayan to slot home from just a few yards out. Maguire had sent Grosicki on his way with a superb diagonal pass to the box.
Middlesbrough were given a controversial way back into the match in the first of three minutes of stoppage time from a corner. Gibson flicked the ball into the path of Maarten de Roon, who was clearly in an offside position, to head into the right corner of the Hull net.
The three points were sealed with 20 minutes to go as Robertson swung a superb free-kick towards the near post where Maguire was able to head the ball into the right corner of Valdes net.
It was the first time since beating Cardiff City 4-0 in February 2014 that the side scored four goals in a game, while the side hadn’t achieved such a feat at home in the top flight since their 6-0 win over Fulham in December 2013.
Hull now move up to 30 points after 31 games, while a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham leaves Swansea two points behind and Middlesbrough sit a distant 19th with just 23 points.
Here are the best of the images from the game.