Hernandez-inspired Hull eye safety after thumping 'Boro

Hull City manager Marco Silva is banking on his side's impressive home form when they host Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Wednesday, a match that is the very definition of a relegation six-pointer. And that is what they did, claiming the three points and climbed out of the relegation places.

Hull City: Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Ranocchia, Maguire (Dawson, min. 81), Robertson, Markovic, Ndiaye, Clucas, Grosicki (Henriksen, min. 88), Niasse, Hernandez (Evandro, min. 51).

"'We've scored a goal", sang the 2,544 away fans, jubilant at seeing their side find the net on the road for the first time in 2017. Subs: Adlene Guedioura (for Husband, 59) 6, Patrick Bamford (for Negredo, 71) 6, Cristhian Stuani (for Gestede, 81) 6.

Silva, on the other hand, was able to reflect on a second-successive victory for his team, but reaffirmed that Hull must continue to improve if they are to move clear of the bottom three.

First, Lazar Markovic, a threat all night, pounced to fire in the equaliser from close range after Abel Hernandez had been unable to convert a deflected looping cross from Andrew Robertson.

The second half was less frantic, but the goals did not stop as the Humberside club scored the sixth goal of the game with Harry Maguire racing in at the back post to power past Victor Valdes.

The Tigers are out of the drop zone for the first time since October but Boro's prospects look grim and having stretched their winless run to 13 games, they look certain to be joining neighbours Sunderland in the Championship next season.

Middlesbrough were defeated 4-2 away to Hull, after taking the lead early on in the game thanks to Alvaro Negredo.

Hull would take the lead in the 27th minute as Niasse stroked the ball past the static Valdes. Adam Clayton's corner was nodded on by Ben Gibson and with both De Roon and Traore clearly offside, the former headed home.

Japan global Yoshida stole in at the back post to put Southampton ahead in 84th minute after Redmond's trickery and pace set up the chance, and then Dusan Tadic delivered an inch-perfect pass less than 60 seconds later for Ward-Prowse to seal the victory. Their total of 23 points is five behind that of Swansea City in 18th and eight points from safety.

  • Julie Sanders