STOKE City's hopes of retaining Championship status were dimmed further this evening, after being despatched to the relegation zone by fellow strugglers Hull City.
Hull moved out of the bottom three with a 2-1 home win against Middlesbrough that leap-frogged them over Stoke immediately above them in the table.
The Tigers left victory late with a dramatic stoppage time strike from Mallik Wilks.'
Boro took an early lead through Britt Assombalonga's well-struck penalty, but the hosts retaliated soon afterwards when Herbie Kane curled in a direct free-kick.
The victory was Hull's first in the league since New Year's Day and ended a run of 14 games without a win in all competitions.
It's now even more crucial that Stoke win their bottom-of-table clash
with Barnsley at the bet365 Stadium this Saturday, with only six more games to go.