In what could be the most important win of the season, Hull defeated an in-form Swansea side 2-1.
The first half was far from entertaining. And being honest, there’s not much to write about. Routledge came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half, but a fine save by the very tip of Jakupovic’s boot sent the ball wide.
In a game of many injuries, though for once not involving any Hull players, Fernando Llorente and Leroy Fer both going down with injuries, it was Hull substitute Oumar Niasse who broke the deadlock, after a smart one-two with Abel Hernandez.
From the moment Niasse came on Hull looked to be the winning side. His blistering pace was too much for a depleted Swansea defence to handle, and scoring two Premier League goals was a fair reward for the way he played. Though this form comes, ironically, before the one game left that he cannot play for us; against his parent club Everton.
His second came on the 78th minute after, we assume, was a splendid dummy by Hernandez from Elmohamady’s cross, which he controlled well and slotted past Fabianski.
Swansea weren’t without fight, with nothing to lose they pushed a lot of players forward at the start of injury time, and were rewarded when an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration from Niasse gifted Mawson with a simple headed finish. Tigers boss Marco Silva will no doubt be reminding his team to not let their lead get to their heads until the final whistle has been blown.
As the final whistle was blown, Hull left the pitch with 3 valuable points towards safety, while Swansea looked very deflated after coming into the game off the back of some great performances.