Boro headed in to the clash knowing that a point against Paul Lambert’s side in Lancashire would send them above both Hull and Burnley to the top of the Championship table.
With Brighton and Hove Albion beating Leeds United 4-0 on Monday, the race for automatic promotion is becoming increasingly tighter after Boro once held a seven-point lead over the Festive period.
Aitor Karanka’s men put an end to a winless run with back-to-back wins over Cardiff City and Fulham, yet they stumbled again against Blackburn as the hosts ran out 2-1 winners.
Hull supporters had reason to be cheerful, and in a somewhat ironic twist, Blackburn’s two goal scorers Hope Akpan and Danny Graham both had previous loan stints with The Tigers and failed to impress.
Graham, a former Premier League striker with Sunderland, joined Blackburn on loan in January and scored his second goal for the club in four league matches with a well-taken finish.
Boro’s Adam Forshaw's late goal gave his side hope in injury time, but it came too late to rescue a point as the Teessiders remained in third place behind Hull on goal difference.
Writing on Twitter during and after the game, Hull supporters had reason to be content with the outcome.
Cheese and Rice, Hope Akpan and Danny Graham did more for us tonight than they ever did wearing City shirts #hcafc— D a n M o r f i t t (@danmorfitt) March 1, 2016
Where there's Akpan there's Hope. And was that Danny Graham's most important goal for #hcafc ?— Audacious Chip (@audaciouschip) March 1, 2016
Danny Graham and Hope Akpan- always believed in them! #hcafc— Sam Welsh (@samHCAFCwelsh) March 1, 2016
Hope Akpan and now Danny Graham - brilliant forward thinking by #hcafc— Dan Kemp (@1_DanKemp) March 1, 2016