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Swansea City 2-2 Hull City

Nouha Dicko celebrates after equalising for Hull City
Nouha Dicko's equaliser secured a 2-2 draw for Hull City at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea City's unlikely Championship play-off push is over after Hull City fought back to draw 2-2.

Graham Potter's men were on course for a seventh straight home victory after Oli McBurnie's double.

But Hull scored twice in the last 13 minutes, through Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko, to end Swansea's top-six hopes.

The result means both teams will be jockeying for position in mid-table as the second-tier season draws to a close.

Swansea had needed victory to keep alive their hopes of making a late surge into the play-off places while Hull had been in top-six contention themselves until Easter weekend defeats to West Brom and Sheffield United.

It has been a positive season nevertheless for Nigel Adkins' team, who were mentioned as relegation contenders last summer and laboured through the early months of the campaign.

Yet with Adkins out of contract and financial issues to contend with, it could be a turbulent summer on Humberside.

Oli McBurnie celebrates his second goal
Scotland striker Oli McBurnie took his season's tally to 23 goals with his double against Hull City

Hull's plan here appeared to be to stifle Swansea, with Adkins opting for five at the back as his team sat deep.

For much of the first half, the approach worked. Swansea dominated possession, but struggled to find space to attack amid the massed ranks of black and amber shirts.

Daniel James, who was in Hull's youth system before he joined Swansea at the age of 16, was given little opportunity to threaten because Hull were camped in their own half.

The breakthrough Swansea craved came when they produced a first sharp, passing move of the game and opened Hull up eight minutes before half-time.

Connor Roberts, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge were all involved down the right flank, the latter sending in a low cross for McBurnie to sweep home.

The striker's 22nd goal of the season meant Hull, who had won their previous five games against Swansea, had to search for a response in the second half.

Swansea almost gifted Hull a leveller when Roberts' loose ball was picked off by Bowen and he played in Kamil Grosicki, but the Polish international fired wastefully over.

For a spell Hull asked some questions, but Swansea gave themselves breathing space midway through the second half.

For once James had some space to work with, and he scooted beyond Eric Lichaj before lifting in the perfect centre for McBurnie to head home.

Swansea looked close to home and dry, but Hull launched an impressive fightback.

After a long throw was only half-cleared, Jordy de Wijs nodded the ball goalwards and, after a touch from Jackson Irvine, Bowen tapped home his 22nd goal of the campaign.

With six minutes remaining, Irvine played the ball forward for Jon Toral and his cross was touched in by fellow substitute Dicko.

Swansea threw everything at Hull late on, but were left frustrated as Jay Fulton's stoppage-time header was cleared off the line.

Swansea manager Graham Potter told BBC Sport Wales:

"It was difficult with how Hull came and set up. They were very hard to break down.

"We scored a really, really good first goal and then to get the second from a good bit of open play meant we felt comfortable, but we were not too comfortable as teams do not have to do a lot, or necessarily play that well to score in this league.

"We are all disappointed as we wanted to take care of our own business, so to speak, and we were not able to do that.

"But I am proud of the players and proud of the supporters. Despite their disappointment they have always got behind me and the team, and for that I am grateful."

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I've changed the formation today. I wanted to allow Swansea to have possession because they're very expansive. I wanted to be solid, and hit them on the counter-attack. I thought we could expose them with [Kamil] Grosicki and [Jarrod] Bowen.

"Obviously, when they scored, we changed the formation again. I take responsibility for the tactics in the first half, and great credit to the players, because we've turned it around in the second half. The lads have shown character. That's pleasing."

On his own contract situation:

"Negotiations will continue next week. We've had a long conversation, but there's lots of talking still to be done. There's a willingness to make something happen."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 17Carter-VickersBooked at 87mins
  • 26NaughtonSubstituted forMcKayat 87'minutes
  • 28ByersSubstituted forCelinaat 86'minutes
  • 21Grimes
  • 12DyerSubstituted forFultonat 65'minutes
  • 9McBurnie
  • 20James
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 10Celina
  • 13Benda
  • 19McKay
  • 22Rodon
  • 24John
  • 27Fulton
  • 46Baker-Richardson

Hull

  • 12Long
  • 2LichajBooked at 90mins
  • 27McKenzie
  • 22HenriksenBooked at 55mins
  • 4de Wijs
  • 23KingsleySubstituted forFlemingat 45'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 18Batty
  • 6StewartBooked at 61minsSubstituted forToralat 74'minutes
  • 16Irvine
  • 20Bowen
  • 14GrosickiSubstituted forDickoat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marshall
  • 9Dicko
  • 10Toral
  • 21Fleming
  • 25Campbell
  • 29Martin
  • 36Ridgewell
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
18,192

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamHull
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 2, Hull City 2.

Full Time

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

Foul by Daniel James (Swansea City).

George Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City).

Daniel Batty (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Markus Henriksen.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Robbie McKenzie (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Wayne Routledge.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Barrie McKay.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Offside, Hull City. Markus Henriksen tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside.

Booking

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City).

Nouha Dicko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Barrie McKay replaces Kyle Naughton.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Bersant Celina replaces George Byers.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Fleming (Hull City).

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Hull City 2. Nouha Dicko (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon Toral.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Brandon Fleming.

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel James.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Hull City 1. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordy de Wijs with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Batty.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

Markus Henriksen (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Oliver McBurnie.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Jon Toral replaces Kevin Stewart.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Booking

Brandon Fleming (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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