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Swansea City 0-2 Hull City

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium
Abel Hernandez
Abel Hernandez scored his first goal of the season for Hull

Hull secured victory late on at Swansea City to maintain their unlikely winning start to the Premier League season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the bar as the Swans shaded a first half in which the visitors were denied a penalty for an apparent foul on Robert Snodgrass.

The hosts dominated possession after the break but Hull substitute Shaun Maloney struck from close range.

Abel Hernandez added a second in injury time to take the Tigers, still without a permanent manager, up to third.

Relive the match from the Liberty Stadium

Phelan pleased with 'tremendous' win

Both teams were aiming for a second win from their first two league games - unexpectedly so in the case of Hull, whose opening victory over Leicester was the first time the reigning English champions had begun a title defence with defeat since 1989.

The feat was even more impressive as Hull achieved that with just 13 senior players at their disposal, as was the case at the Liberty Stadium.

Depleted Hull defy the odds

His squad still ravaged by injury, caretaker manager Mike Phelan unsurprisingly stuck with the same team which beat Leicester.

And although Hull had to endure long spells of Swansea possession, they were dangerous on the counter-attack - thanks largely to the creativity of Snodgrass.

His neat through ball gave Adama Diomande a glorious chance to open the scoring - which he sliced wide - and the Scotland midfielder should have been awarded a penalty when he was brought down by Jordi Amat's rash sliding tackle shortly before half-time.

Snodgrass also played an important role in the first goal, as it was his corner which was turned in by the unmarked Maloney.

Swansea fail to impress new owners

This was an underwhelming start to a new era for Swansea, with American owners Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan in attendance for the first time since completing their takeover in July.

Their vision for the club is built on sustainability and prudence, though their one substantial outlay so far - the £15m club-record signing Borja Baston - was missing through injury.

Swansea did not deserve loss - Guidolin

Despite monopolising possession and spending much time in Hull's half, Swansea lacked invention and purpose in attack.

One positive was the return of Sigurdsson, making his first start of the season having been given an extended rest following his impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Iceland.

Not even his creative nous could lift the Swans, however, as Francesco Guidolin's side limped to a first home defeat since February.

Man of the match - Robert Snodgrass (Hull)

Robert Snodgrass
The creative hub of the Hull team, making smart use of what precious possession the visitors had to carve open Swansea’s defence on a couple of occasions.

What they said:

Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan: "We still are short on numbers and have to be realistic. It was a tremendous performance and the character of the group has been brilliant from day one.

"The difficulty to come here was to see if we could go after them or contain them. The players stuck to their task and we created more chances than them."

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin: "I am disappointed. We did not deserve to lose today. We attacked for 90 minutes but not brilliantly. We have to play quicker but that is not easy against a compact team. It was a difficult game for us."

What's next?

Swansea come up against Peterborough in the EFL Cup on Tuesday (kick-off 19:45 BST), while Hull travel to Exeter in the same competition.

The stats you need to know:

  • Hull are only the second promoted side in Premier League history to win their opening two matches of a season (Bolton in 2001-02 the other)
  • The Tigers won their first two games of a Premier League season for the very first time. The last time they won their opening two games of any season was in 2004-05 in the third tier
  • Shaun Maloney is the first Hull player in their Premier League history to score and assist in a game as a substitute
  • Swansea lost a Premier League game in the month of August for the first time since 2013 (1-0 against Tottenham)
  • Abel Hernandez has scored five goals in his last seven league games for Hull, excluding play-off matches

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 33Fernandez
  • 2Amat
  • 35Kingsley
  • 24Cork
  • 8FerSubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 68'minutes
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forDyerat 85'minutes
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forMonteroat 55'minutes
  • 9Llorente

Substitutes

  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 20Montero
  • 22Rangel
  • 56Fulton

Hull

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 6Davies
  • 3Robertson
  • 7Meyler
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 11Clucas
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 9Hernández
  • 20DiomandeSubstituted forMaloneyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Kuciak
  • 15Maloney
  • 28Tymon
  • 29Bowen
  • 32Luer
  • 36Olley
  • 37Clackstone
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
20,024

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamHull
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home23
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 0, Hull City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Hull City 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Swansea City 0, Hull City 2. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

  4. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Abel Hernández is caught offside.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Modou Barrow.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a through ball.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Swansea City 0, Hull City 1. Shaun Maloney (Hull City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Curtis Davies following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Livermore (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City22006246
2Man Utd22005146
3Hull22004136
4Chelsea22004226
5Everton21103214
6Tottenham21102114
7Burnley21012113
8West Brom21012203
9Liverpool210145-13
10Swansea210112-13
11Middlesbrough10101101
12Arsenal201134-11
13Watford201123-11
14Leicester201112-11
15Southampton201113-21
16Stoke201125-31
17Sunderland100112-10
18West Ham100112-10
19Bournemouth100113-20
20Crystal Palace200202-20
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