Hull City 2 Swansea 1
Niasse secures vital three points for TigersAs we all bought our pre match drinks in the Last Chance Saloon, all City fans realised that this was a must win game. Fortune favoured the brave, as City edged home by two goals to one at the KCOM stadium. City started with just Hernandez upfront, and a flat back four. Huddlestone, who was influential throughout, played just in front of the defence. His performance was one of the few good points from a dreadfully dull and insipid first half. Had the game ended at half time, the Swansea physio would surely have been Man of the Match. City were grateful to see Llorente limp off just before half time.
The second half was much better, as City attacked with purpose from the off. Huddlestone had a decent effort saved by the Swansea keeper, and Grosicki should have done better with an effort in the fifty third minute. Swansea almost took the lead, but Routledge fired wildly over the bar. Then , on sixty three minutes, Niasse entered the fray ,and everything changed. Suddenly, with two strikers, City were a potent attacking force, and within six minutes, Hernandez put Niasse through, and he fired home. Better was to come when Elmohamady put an exquisite through ball into Niasse’s feet, and his poacher’s instinct did the rest. Two nil , and City were cruising. City were unable to hold onto their clean sheet, as in the first minute of added time, Mawson headed home with City’s defenders seemingly all watching each other. The only question I have from this game is- why wait sixty three minutes to bring on a second attacker? As soon as Niasse came on, City looked a far better side. One up front at home seems to this supporter to be unnecessarily cautious. To sum up. A vital three points which leaves City still in the bottom three, but with every chance of keeping their Premier League status. More drinks to be served in the Last Chance Saloon, as I feel that this season will go right down to the wire. A vital win.
By David Osgerby