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December 9, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 19303
Chico Flores 60'
D. Graham 9'
90' + 5'
FULL-TIME! Swansea and Hull end the match level as the hosts come from behind to salvage a point. Former Swans stirker Graham gave the visitors the lead in the first half, but Chico equalised after the break, albeit in controversial circumstances. Hull should have been given a penalty for handball by Tiendalli, but in the end neither side could be seperated. Thanks for joining me, I hope you've enjoyed the action.
90' + 4'
We are into the final minute of stoppage time. No sign of a winner for either side.
90' + 1'
Four minutes of stoppage-time have been added.
Shelvey and Dyer link-up impressively down the right. The former Liverpool man clips a good cross into the centre, but Davies nods it away.
Not long left now. Hull will be pleased with this result, while Swansea will be disappointed that they couldn't create more. Still, both have a few minutes to change things.
Chico is involved again, but this time he is the one who appears to be in pain. He claims Sagbo elbowed him in the mouth, but replays show little contact with the Spaniard, who went down like he'd be shot.
Wild tackle by Chico out wide and he picks up a yellow card.
Yellow Card Chico
Swansea pressing with intent now, but they look a little weak when Hull try to spring a counterattack.
Yellow Card Jonjo Shelvey
Yellow Card Ashley Williams
Yellow Card Y. Sagbo
Jonjo Shelvey was also given a yellow card during that period.
Ugly scenes now as Sagbo wins a corner, but he and Williams clash as they both look to get the ball back to restart the play. Huddlestone gets involved too as a melee ensues between the two groups of players. Sagbo and Williams both get booked.
Massive chance for Swansea as Michu is played into the left side of the area and he shoots towards the bottom-right corner, but McGregor keeps it out with his left foot.
Swansea get two corners in quick succession, but they waste both.
Yellow Card Maynor Figueroa
Shelvey's delivery is cleared as far as Canas, who sees his long-range shot deflected wide.
Clever play by Dyer as he plays the ball between Figueroa and Meyler, forcing the former into fouling him. They now have a free-kick just to the right of the Hull area.
Good ball by Elmohamady as he squares the ball powerfully across the edge of the area to Sagbo and the forward unleashes a fierce first-time volley from 25 yards. Tremmel launches himself across to his right and palms the ball away. Brilliant attempt by the forward.
Hull have the ball in the back of the net again! It won't count, however. Meyler latched on to a header over the top of the Swansea defence and he slots past Tremmel, but he was narrowly offside.
Hull have come back well from conceding that equaliser. Swansea continued to pressurise them just after the goal, but since then Steve Bruce's men have come back into it as an attacking force.
Hull really should have themselves a penalty. Bruce headed the corner back into the danger area and the ball clearly hit Tiendalli on both hands right in front of him. Amazingly, the referee didn't see it.
Hull win their first corner of the match as Elmohamady wins something from nothing on the right.
Swansea steal the ball back just outside their own area and they look to spring a counterattack, but Shelvey's optimistic pass forward for Hernandez is shielded out of play by Elmohamady.
Here comes Hull's first change of the match. Goal-scorer Graham comes off to a generous round of applause from the Swansea fans and Koren replaces him.
Hull will not be impressed when they see that again. The ball appears to go into the goal via Chico's arm.
Assist Jonjo Shelvey
GOAL!!! Swansea equalise! They take the corner quickly and short. Shelvey send a powerful, low ball into the centre from the left and it strikes Chico before going into the net.
Dyer does well this time however. He jinks back and forth before beating his man down the outside before chipping a cross into the centre. It is headed behind. Another corner for Swansea.
Hernandez is looking more lively on the left now. He skips inside Chester, runs at the centre of Hull's defence before passing to Dyer to his right. The winger cuts on to his left foot and tries to beat Livermore, but he fails.
Well-worked move by Swansea as Davies plays the ball inside and then receives it back inside the area. He looks to pick out Michu, but his cut-back pass is not very good. Hull intercept, much to the displeasure of the home fans.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Laudrup clearly has not been impressed with his team's response since half-time and he brings on his first substitute. Pozuelo replaces De Guzman, who was poor.
Free-kick on the left for Hull as Sagbo takes a kick on the ankle from Dyer.
De Guzman's delivery is much better this time as he sends it deep into the area, but Hull's taller players clear again.
Hernandez twists and turns on the right. He tries to squeeze past Davies, but the defender prods the ball out for a corner.
The Dutch midfielder stays in the vicinity to take the set-piece, but his delivery is awful as it fails to beat the first defender.
De Guzman surges down the right and crosses. It appears to strike Figueroa on the arm on the way out, but the referee only gives Swansea a corner.
Great chance for Hull to double their lead! Elmohamady again produces a good cross under pressure and Swansea's attempted clearance goes little further than the penalty spot. Huddlestone volleys the ball on the bounce, but it flies well over. Poor finish.
Hull get the action started for the second half? Will Swansea be improved? Well, it'll be difficult for them to be much worse.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME! Hull go into the break with a deserved lead. They took their one real chance, while they have been solid. Swansea, on the other hand, have been poor throughout. They are yet to create any clear-cut chances and look toothless in attack.
45' + 1'
The corner is easily dealt with by Hull, but they concede another... That, however, also comes to nothing.
45' + 1'
Nearly a chance for Swansea as Canas clips the ball forward and into the area for Hernandez to run on to, but Bruce glances it behind for a corner.
Hull's defence continues to resemble an immovable object. Swansea still cannot find a way through.
Yellow Card Jake Livermore
Risky backpass by Canas with Graham and Sagbo closing Tremmel down, but the Dutch keeper clears just in time.
Hull have tentative penalty claims turned down as Sagbo goes down on the edge of the area while trying to collect a long ball from the left. It would have been harsh on Williams.
Hull are camped inside their own area and Swansea look to be putting together a promising attack. Tiendalli runs at the defence down the right and then cuts the ball back to De Guzman. The midfielder hits a shot first-time, but it sails embarrassingly-high over the crossbar.
Michu and Hernandez nearly link-up to good effect as they play a one-two and then the forwards looks set to pull the trigger from range, but Bruce did well to stick a foot in and poke the ball away.
Swansea's presure appears to be getting more purposeful as they win two more corners in quick succession, but the whole attack ends as Chico fouls Meyler at the back post.
As has been the case previously today, Swansea's corner comes to nothing and Hull hack it away.
The tricky Dyer tries to jink his way past Chester to the right of Hull's area, but the defender does well to read the winger's movements and he concedes a corner.
Swansea have numerous players appearing in advanced positions, but there almost seems to be too many of them. It keeps looking very crowded just outside Hull's area and the visitors will be happy about that.
Davies is in an advanced position again. This time he comes into a central position before passing to Shelvey to his right. The former Liverpool man knocks the ball into Michu, who lets it run for Davies to collect again, but his shot goes over the crossbar. Very nice move.
Shelvey marches forward with purpose, but his attempted throughball for Davies is a little too powerful.
While Swansea's right-winger Dyer looks to be their most dangerous attacker, Elmohamady in the same position for Hull is proving a real pain for Davies. The Egyptian gets beyond the left-back again and squeezes a good cross into the area on the stretch, but Tremmel collects this time.
Hull continue to look comfortable at the back and they seem perfectly happy to let their hosts dictate the play, because they aren't doing much with it at the moment!
Swansea are stringing together plenty of pretty passing moves, but their lack of cutting edge in attack has been quite surprising thus far. The final ball is really letting them down.
Excellent play by Shelvey as he cleverly steps away from Meyler and releases Tiendalli to his right. The Dutch defender's attempted delivery is poor, however, as Hull intercept easily.
Swansea's most likely source of danger appears to be Dyer, who again attacks down the right. He cuts inside Meyler, but his touch is heavy and Hull steal the ball.
The corner comes to nothing and Hull are soon back in control of possession, but not for long.
Tiendalli shows Williams how to do it as he drops a brilliant pass over Hull left-back Figueroa for Dyer. The winger does a couple of stepovers, jolts past the Honduran and crosses to win a corner.
Williams tries to get things moving from the back for Swansea, but his lofted pass flies over the Hull defence and out for a goalkick. His team-mates look on, bemused.
Swansea are doing their best to notch an immediate response, but Shelvey wastes possession - and not for the first time - in an advanced position.
Assist Ahmed El Mohamady
Goal Danny Graham
GOAL!!! Hull take the lead at the Liberty Stadium! Elmohamady again caused problems down the right and after holding off a pathetic attempted tackle by Hernandez, he bent a brilliant cross towards the far post. Danny Graham arrived to knock past Tremmel, scoring his first goal since netting for Swansea in January.
Hull create a good opening this time. Elmohamady cleverly skipped past Ben Davies before crossing, with the ball dropping to Meyler. The midfielder goes for goal, but his effort is deflected away.
Good move by the hosts. Shelvey plays the ball into the centre for Michu, who immediately slips a well-weighted pass into the right channel for Hernandez. The former Valencia man tries to find his Spanish compatriot again, but his cut-back is very poor.
The hosts are doing well to keep the ball currently, knocking it around patiently. Hull are keeping them at bay, however.
The is the match's first shot. Michu drops deep into the centre circle and feeds Dyer towards the penalty area. The winger cuts on to his right foot and shoots from just outside the box, but his effort sails comfortably wide.
Swansea get the match started.
A minute of applause will now go ahead in tribute to Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who sadly passed away last Thursday.
Kick-off is less than five minutes away. The Liberty Stadium awaits impatiently as the two teams wait to come on to the pitch.
Hull may have a good recent record against Swansea, having not lost any of their last four league meetings with the Swans, but they have only won one of their previous 31 away games in the Premier League.
This match represents a good opportunity for reflection for both teams. Ten seasons ago they met each other in the fourth tier of English football.
And the Hull side is: McGregor; Bruce, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Elmohamady, Graham, SagboSubs: Harper, Rosenior, Koren, Brady, McShane, Boyd, Faye.
The Swansea team today is: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Canas, de Guzman, Shelvey, Dyer, Hernandez, Michu.Subs: Zabret, Amat, Taylor, Lamah, Routledge, Pozuelo, Donnelly.
Hello and welcome to the live text commentary of the Premier League match between Swansea City and Hull City. My name is Ryan Benson and I shall be describing the action for you.
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