Hull City’s Play-Off hopes were dealt a major blow after losing 1-0 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Here are five things we learned from the game-

Top six chances over?- Nigel Adkins’ side needed to win to keep their chances of making the Play-Offs realistic. Nevertheless, they are still 9th which is still an impressive season and Adkins deserves all the praise he will get.

Left to rue missed chances- Fraizer Campbell missed a big chance in the second-half when he pulled away at the back post but couldn’t direct his header on goal after Jarrod Bowen found him with a cross.

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Good defending throughout- The Tigers’ defensive partnership of Reece Burke and Jordy de Wijs contained Middlesbrough’s attacking threat well and protected David Marshall throughout. The goal was avoidable but apart from that Hull were defensively sound and were on the front foot.

How did Kamil Grosicki’s free-kick not go in?- The Polish international’s last gasp free-kick bounced off the bar and onto the line but somehow stayed out, meaning the visitors left the Riverside with a loss. It appeared Boro ‘keeper Darren Randolph may have got a finger tip to it.

Chance to have say in the promotion race now- The Tigers face West Brom, Sheffield United and Bristol City in three of their last four games and can put a spanner in the works of the promotion race. The Blades and Robins will be coming to the KCOM Stadium where Hull haven’t lost for 12 games.

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