Middlesbrough 4 Hull City 3: Hines helps Boro turn into great entertainers

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And there was Seb Hines thinking he would grab all the headlines this morning. It takes quite something to steal the limelight from a goalscoring teenage debutant, but this FA Cup third-round replay was just that.

Gareth Southgate has signalled a desire for his team to raise their game in the entertainment stakes, but if this is the sign of things to come, his charges have taken him rather too literally.

"I promised you entertainment," he said through a relieved smile after his side hung on despite enjoying a three-goal advantage early in the second half. "But much more of that and I might not make it until the end of the season," he added.

Aiyegbeni Yakubu's 56th-minute penalty, sending Bo Myhill the wrong way after Stephen McPhee fouled Stewart Downing, put Boro three ahead. Instead of quiet capitulation, Hull staged a spirited riposte that deserved to force extra time.

Two goals in three minutes soon had the hosts on the back foot, as Andy Dawson glanced home Dean Marney's 59th-minute centre, before Jon Parkin further reduced arrears with a penalty after Abel Xavier upended Nicky Forster, arguably outside the area.

Viduka's angled drive three minutes later, his second of the night after following up to double the lead at the outset of the second half, appeared to have restored the natural order, but Dawson, enjoying the freedom from his usual defensive duties, struck with a stunning 30-yard free-kick in off the bar, capping an amazing spell of six goals in 21 minutes.

"We had a little bit of a do at half-time," Phil Brown, the Hull manager, said of an altercation with Dawson over the full-back's early over-elaboration. "We tended to invite pressure by playing football in our third, but he listened to what I had to say and got himself two goals because of it.

"We caused class defenders a lot of problems which speaks volumes for us. We looked dead and buried at 3-0 but we kept our discipline."

The final 20 minutes somehow remained barren, Boro barely able to venture beyond half-way as they sealed a last-32 trip to Bristol City, though the substitute Ryan France might have levelled at the death given a little more fortune.

"When you see a lead disappearing like that it's difficult to know what to do," admitted Southgate.

Plenty then to digest for Wetherby-born Hines, a contemporary of Manchester City's Micah Richards, and one of five Boro academy products to start, as the England Under-19 defender reflects on his and the contest's opening goal after 33 minutes, struck confidently past Myhill aftera 50-yard run which saw an exchange of passes with Downing.

"I was a little concerned because I played him out of position at left-back," Southgate revealed. "But he's dipped his toe in the water and has come out really well.".

Middlesbrough (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Davies, Xavier (Ehiogu, 71), Woodgate, Hines; Morrison, Cattermole, Arca, Downing; Yakubu (Christie, 90), Viduka. Substitutes not used: Jones (gk), Euell, Johnson.

Hull City (4-3-3): Myhill; Ricketts, Turner, Delaney, Dawson; Marney, Ashbee, Livermore (France, 69); McPhee (Elliott, 89), Parkin, Forster. Substitutes not used: Duke (gk), Coles, Duffy.

Referee: Rob Styles (Waterlooville).

* The upset of the night came at the Ricoh Arena, where goals from Scott Murray and Enoch Showumni were enough to see off Coventry City and take Bristol City into the fourth round. Murray scored six minutes before the break with a curling effort from the edge of the area after good work from Showumni, who headed in the second after 54 minutes.