Silva delights at 'best' Hull performance with Boro win

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But not last night. It's a massive game against Burnley (at the Riverside on Saturday) now.

Hull City's Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game.

"The teams all around us are going to be playing each other, so I'm thinking maybe 38 or 39 points is what we need".

Goals, free-flowing football, stunning saves and a huge dollop of controversy meant the 20,380 crowd were treated to an all-White Rose affair that few will forget in a hurry.

Hull head coach Marco Silva: "It's important (to be out of the relegation zone), but nothing is finished".

The Tigers have now taken 16 points from a possible 18 in their last six home league games to give their survival battle real momentum and Silva said his side's display was their best since he took charge in January.

Their supporters chanted "City are staying up", and although safety is not certain, it felt like a defining moment at the foot of the Premier League, more so in the case of Agnew's team, ...

They are without a league victory in 12 attempts since December 17 and have added just five points to their tally during that period, leaving them four adrift of 18th-placed Hull with only derby rivals Sunderland worse off.

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The fun and games started nearly straight away, Oumar Niasse putting the ball in the visitors' net inside three minutes only to be rightly ruled offside.

Against the odds the match began with a bang as goal-shy Middlesbrough stunned the hosts by taking the lead through leading scorer Alvaro Negredo, who slotted home Adama Traore's low cross.

"'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.

That suited the Tigers and a fourth goal came on 69 minutes.

Ben Gibson failed to deal with a deflected looping cross from Andrew Robertson and Markovic took advantage to toe-poke home from close range.

It was proper end-to-end stuff and Middlesbrough were nearly back within a goal when Rudy Gestede got up high to meet a deep cross and saw his header tipped onto the crossbar by Jakupovic.

Boro's attacking intent was rewarded in first-half stoppage-time, albeit in hugely controversial circumstances due to Marten De Roon heading in from a clearly offside position.