Middlesbrough - Middlesbough's Uruguayan international
Gaston Ramirez scored against one of his former clubs Hull to secure his present
team a crucial 1-0 win in their Premier League clash on Monday.
Victory sees Middlesbough -- winning at home for only the
second times this term -- move four points clear of the relegation spots whilst
Hull remain mired in the bottom three after their fifth successive away defeat.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka was delighted with the
manner in which his players played for each other but admitted they would need
many more such performances to assure themselves of a second season in the
"We have 15 points, we must keep going and working
together," said Karanka.
"We have to fight with the teams in the relegation
positions because we are a newly-promoted team. We have done nothing yet,"
added the 43-year-old Spaniard.
His Hull counterpart Mike Phelan said his resources might be
thin on the ground both financially and in terms of personnel but it was up to
the players to produce something on the pitch.
"We tried to drag something out of it but it was really
really disappointing," said Phelan.
"We gave away a ridiculous goal from a set piece, we
all have jobs to do and we didn't concentrate.
"We are short on the ground, we have added a couple but
we are where we are because of the beginning of the season. We have to keep our
heads above water," added the 54-year-old Englishman.
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Middlesbrough ran the game in the first-half, largely thanks
to Ramirez, who had a spell on loan at Hull, with the visitors desperately
short of ideas or ambition.
However, the hosts -- who had garnered just four points from
their previous six home matches -- couldn't convert pressure and possession
Viktor Fischer -- preferred to the impressive 19-year-old
Adama Traore -- did have the ball in the net after he was unselfishly fed by
Alvaro Negredo but the linesman flagged for offside.
Ramirez decided to have a go himself and he fired in a
fierce effort but again failed to break the deadlock as Marshall got down well
The one time Hull conjured something out of an attack
Middlesbough captain Ben Gibson recovered to pull off a brilliant tackle on
striker Adama Diomande.
The hosts dominated the second-half as well forcing a
succession of corners and deservedly went in front on the hour mark through the
The 26-year-old shook off the attentions of the ponderous
Diomande and headed home at the back post for his second goal of the season.
Middlesbrough's three-time Champions League winning goalkeeper
Victor Valdes had to wait till stoppage time to be forced into action.
Diomande -- who had been starved of possession all evening
-- showed a deft touch on the ball and produced a superb curling effort from
outside the penalty area only for the Spanish 'keeper to turn it away for a
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