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Swansea City 1-1 Hull City

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Danny Graham

Hull's Danny Graham ended a 30-game goal drought to score against his former club Swansea as both teams earned a battling point in Wales.

Swansea were poor in the first half and went behind when Graham volleyed in from Ahmed Elmohamady's cross.

The hosts improved as Chico Flores nudged Jonjo Shelvey's cross in.

Centre-half punched it in - Bruce

But Hull had a strong penalty appeal when Dwight Tiendalli seemed to handball Alex Bruce's header as the sides remained mid-table.

This was the first Premier League encounter between the two teams and it was hardly a classic, but they both moved up one place in the Premier League, with Swansea now in 10th and Hull in 12th.

Having lost their four previous away games, Steve Bruce's Hull side would have been more satisfied with their evening's work.

Michael Laudrup's team had striker Michu back in the side after injury but despite a promising spell before they scored in the 60th minute, they struggled to find any penetration in their final third.

Their attempts to combine Premier League and Europa League fixtures each week appear to be taking their toll.

Graham's goal was his first since he struck for Swansea in a League Cup win over Chelsea last January, a time during which the 28-year-old moved to Sunderland later the same month and joined Hull on loan last summer.

But the way he tucked in Elmohamady's right-wing cross, following Ashley Williams's poor pass, belied his form in front of goal and he showed incredible restraint not to celebrate in front of his former supporters.

Many Swansea fans would have surely allowed Graham that privilege and they applauded his actions.

They were less appreciative of their own side's efforts in the first half, though, booing their team off at half-time.

A draw is a fair result - Laudrup

Michu all too often dropped deep and when Swansea did make inroads, Curtis Davies - who returned to the side after suspension - was on hand to clear.

Ben Davies fired over after a smart one-two with Shelvey on the edge of the box, but there was little else to show from the first period and Laudrup clearly had enough 10 minutes into the second half when he introduced Alejandro Pozuelo in place of Jonathan De Guzman.

It had the desired effect as five minutes later, the hosts were level.

Shelvey played a short corner to the substitute, took the return and delivered into the box where it hit Flores for Swansea's 17th second-half Premier League goal from a total of 21.

Steve Bruce withdrew Graham to strengthen his midfield and his side had a penalty appeal soon after when Tiendalli appeared to handball Alex Bruce's header following a corner.

That led to an improved period for the visitors as David Meyler was caught narrowly offside after being sent clear and Yannick Sagbo drew a decent stop from Gerhard Tremmel after a stinging 25-yard drive.

But as the game became more open, Michu almost put Swansea ahead as Allan McGregor stopped the Spaniard's shot with a dispute about the resulting corner, leading to a fracas between Tom Huddlestone, Williams and Sagbo.

That was as lively as it got, with Premier League newcomers Hull now five points above the relegation zone.

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Tremmel
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 33Davies
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 4Flores MorenoBooked at 83mins
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 80mins
  • 12Dyer
  • 20De GuzmánSubstituted forPozuelo Meleroat 56'minutes
  • 9Pérez Cuesta
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 80mins
  • 11HernándezSubstituted forRoutledgeat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Lamah
  • 15Routledge
  • 24Pozuelo Melero
  • 41Donnelly
  • 45Zabret

Hull

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 3FigueroaBooked at 78mins
  • 6Davies
  • 4Bruce
  • 5Chester
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 41mins
  • 7Meyler
  • 9GrahamSubstituted forKorenat 64'minutes
  • 20SagboBooked at 80mins
  • 8Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 2Rosenior
  • 10Koren
  • 11Brady
  • 15McShane
  • 17Boyd
  • 22Harper
  • 23Faye
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
19,303

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamHull
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, Hull City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Hull City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dwight Tiendalli.

  6. Booking

    Chico (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

  8. Post update

    Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Ashley Williams is caught offside.

  10. Booking

    Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Booking

    Ashley Williams (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Yannick Sagbo.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. José Cañas (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Booking

    Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 9th December 2013

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal15112230111935
2Liverpool1593334181630
3Chelsea1593330171330
4Man City1592441152629
5Everton157712314928
6Tottenham158341516-127
7Newcastle158252021-126
8Southampton156541914523
9Man Utd156452219322
10Swansea155462120119
11Aston Villa155461618-219
12Hull155371319-618
13Stoke154561520-517
14Norwich155281428-1417
15West Brom153661721-415
16Cardiff153571122-1114
17West Ham153481319-613
18Fulham1541101426-1213
19Crystal Palace1541101022-1213
20Sunderland1522111230-188
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