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Hull City 4-2 Middlesbrough: Tigers claw to safety

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  • Four scorers lead Tigers
  • Maguire gets first PL goal
  • Boro in big trouble

Hull City is out of the drop zone for the first time since October after winning a massive relegation six-pointer over Middlesbrough on Wednesday at the KC.

Lazar Markovic, Abel Hernandez, Harry Maguire and Oumar Niasse scored for the Tigers, who move ahead of Swansea City by one point with the 4-2 home win.

Alvaro Negredo and Marten De Roon scored for Middlesbrough, which is now eight points back of safety.

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The fifth minute saw Boro with a rare early goal, as Adama Traore collected a long ball and cut it across the 18 for a sliding Negredo to lash into the side panel.

The equalizer came within 10 minutes, as Oumar Niasse’s flying chest trap of a deflected cross bobbled between legs of both teams before Markovic scored from eight yards away. The play began with fine work from Alfred N'Diaye and Andrew Robertson.

Niasse then raced onto a bouncing ball and navigated poorly reacting Boro defenders to belt a side volley behind Valdes. 2-1, 28′.

Harry Maguire blasted a pinpoint through ball to Kamil Grosicki, who swept the ball across the six for Hernandez to hammer home. Wow. 3-1.

Marten de Roon scored in the first minute of added time, heading home off a corner kick before winding his arm like a windmill in celebration. Both De Roon and Traore were offside on the goal, but it stood after debate.

Maguire put it to bed in the 70th minute when he scored his first Premier League goal, heading a cross home from the back door.

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VIDEO: Hull’s Diomande, Hernandez combine for amazing first goal of season

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Adama Diomande and Abel Hernandez have been watching way too much synchronized diving at the Olympics…

Right on half time the two Hull players both launched themselves into overhead kicks with Hernandez and Diomande both connecting but the latter got the final touch as Hull went 1-0 up.

A corner was flicked towards goal and after Kasper Schmeichel saved well, the ball looped up and both Diomande and Hernandez launched themselves into a bicycle kick with Hernandez’s effort deflecting slightly off Diomande’s foot and into the net.

Watch the video to see the amazing first goal of the new Premier League season.

We are off and running in sensational fashion.

Premier League 2016-17 season preview: Hull City

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It seems like years ago that Hull City won the playoff final at Wembley over Sheffield Wednesday.

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In the few months since that major victory, shooting the Tigers back into the Premier League after just a season in the Championship, things have spiraled down towards the ground like an out of control airplane.

Manager Steve Bruce, with the club since 2012 and loved by the fans, quit after speculation for the England job seemed to unsettle him in his current position. Injuries have ravaged the squad before the season has even begun, with goalkeeper Allan McGregor and defenders Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce, and Michael Dawson have all been ruled out for months. Despite this, the new uncertainty at the managerial position means the club hasn’t signed a single reinforcement this summer.

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For a club that has only seen Premier League action since 2007 and has never finished higher than 16th in the top flight, it will be more than an uphill battle much of the season.

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Hull City can stay up if…they find a quality manager and he pulls in signings. The Tigers relied on a solid defensive structure last season, and with so many injuries at the back to open the season, they risk putting themselves in an unrecoverable situation straight out of the gates. They need players, and they need them yesterday.

More than likely though, they’ll be headed back down. Like Burnley, this is a team that has bounced back and forth in recent years, and they look more unstable than ever before coming into this season. There is some experience in the squad between Tom Huddlestone, Mohamed Diame, Robert Snodgrass, and Abel Hernandez, but that alone won’t be able to keep the ship afloat.

Best Possible XI

—– Jakupovic —–

— Ivanovic — Dawson — Davies — Robertson —

— Diame — Huddlestone —

— Elmohamady — Livermore — Snodgrass —

— Hernandez —

Transfers In: Will Mannion (Undisclosed, AFC Wimbledon).

Transfers Out: Sone Aluko (Free, Fulham), Ryan Taylor (Free, Unattached).

Last Season: The Tigers made their way to the Premier League via the playoff, but they were solid for much of the year and put out balanced numbers. Their defensive record was worthy of a place at the top of the table allowing just four more goals than defensive stalwarts Middlesbrough, and they scored just three goals less than the league leaders. Unfortunately, while this team is built well for the slog of the Championship, they – like Burnley – have little star power and may struggle to find rewards for their hard work in the top flight.

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Robert Snodgrass of Hull City celebrates scoring during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion at KC Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Hull, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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Star Player: Robert Snodgrass – A classy player who has been hurt for much of his Hull career, Snodgrass shot onto the scene with Norwich City in 2013 – his first shot at the Premier League – and has backed up that production since. He’s a chance creator more than a finisher, but he’ll score the occasional goal as well. Abel Hernandez is the star finisher on the squad, with 20 Championship goals last season, but Snodgrass is the player opposing managers will be most concerned about when game-planning for Hull.

Coach’s Corner: Steve Bruce was meant to lead Hull into the Premier League for the second time in three years, but after receiving a shot at the England job that Sam Allardyce ultimately won, things went sour. Bruce resigned, and suddenly the squad is left not only thing but without a leader. They wanted Welsh boss Chris Coleman, but were turned down. The vacant managerial position is something Hull will want to sort out quickly, or else they risk an untenable situation just weeks into the new season.

PST Predicts: At this point in time, there’s only one place anyone can realistically see Hull after the season, and that’s back in the Championship. Sure, it’s a long season, and with the transfer window not closed yet, things can turn around. But if things remain as they are, and a manager isn’t found until after Opening Day, it could get ugly quick. They have a more talented squad than Burnley, and therefore can weather time without reinforcements better than their counterparts from the Championship in a similar situation, but a thin squad is deadly.

Hull City’s Hernandez, Uruguay pick up consolation win over Jamaica (video)

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A 21st minute goal from Hull City striker Abel Hernandez lifted Uruguay to its only win of Copa America Centenario, 3-0 over Jamaica, on Monday in Seattle.

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Je-Vaughn Watson gave away an own goal and Mathias Corujo scored with minutes to play to cement the three points for Uruguay, which finishes third in Group C, behind advancing Mexico and Venezuela and ahead of Jamaica.

The Reggae Boyz didn’t go away, and it was 1-0 into the 66th minute when the own goal arrived.

Derby 0-3 Hull City: First playoff semifinal firmly in Tigers grasp

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Despite two heavy defeats to their opponents during this campaign, Hull City came through when it mattered most.

An opener from Abel Hernandez, an own-goal off the head of Jason Shackell, and a last-second cherry on top by Andrew Robinson have put the Tigers in firm control of the Championship playoff semifinal with a 3-0 win at Pride Park Stadium, and likely on to Wembley.

Hull City made something out of nothing to get things started when Abel Hernandez found a way through and sliced a low shot from outside the box past Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson for the opener just past the half-hour mark.

The goal is the first Hull has managed against Derby this season, having lost 4-0 and 2-0 in both their regular season meetings.

The visitors would find another before halftime, as Derby was very unlucky to go 2-0 down. A cross from Moses Odubajo clipped the leg of his defender Marcus Olsson, then deflected off the head of Jason Shackell and into the back of the net.

As the game moved through the second half, Derby seemed to have little to offer in front of net, and Hull City pushed for a third. Robert Snodgrass came close on a free-kick past the hour mark, but it was headed behind for a corner by Shackell. Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was called into action in the 71st minute as he punched away a cross by Cyrus Christie, and the follow-up from Craig Bryson swerved acres wide of the net.

Having been second-best the full 90 minutes, Derby conceded once more just ticks before the final whistle. A Derby corner kick devolved into a counter-attack for the visitors, where Odubajo fed Robertson, and finding no other options, he had a go at the bottom corner and found it eight minutes into added time.