Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray left frustrated by 2-1 defeat at Hull City

Hull City's Josh King, right, tussles with Middlesbrough's Tony McMahon at the KC Stadium yesterday. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT
Hull City's Josh King, right, tussles with Middlesbrough's Tony McMahon at the KC Stadium yesterday. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

FRUSTRATED Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray admitted his side had missed an opportunity to end their dismal run of form after Hull City came from behind to win at the KC Stadium.

Matty Fryatt struck a late winner as Hull ended a run of five straight defeats with a first victory in seven matches to keep their npower Championship play-off hopes alive.

Fryatt drilled home his 12th goal of the season in the 88th minute to deal Middlesbrough’s play-off hopes a blow after teenage winger Joshua King had scored his first goal for the Tigers to cancel out Marvin Emnes’ first-half opener.

Mowbray said: “We were very disappointed to only be 1-0 up at half-time as we had lots of opportunities to score and didn’t take them.

“We told them at half-time about concentrating, but Hull didn’t have to work hard for their first goal and it gave their supporters a lift.

“Then they got the second goal and it gave us a result that we could not have foreseen at half-time.

“There are now four games left and I think we probably need to win three of them.”

Read Mark Simpson’s full match report in today’s Sportmail.