Premier League - Swansea handed benefit of doubt as Flores goal holds Hull

Premier League, Liberty Stadium - Swansea 1 (Chico Flores 60) Hull City (Graham 9)

Swansea benefited from two contentious handball decisions in a 1-1 home draw with Hull at the Liberty Stadium.

Former Swansea forward Danny Graham scored his first Premier League goal since netting for the Welsh side against Aston Villa 11 months ago when he slipped a volley into the net from a delightful Ahmed Elmohamady cross on nine minutes.

The home side had plenty of possession without being overly impressive, but needed an error by referee Martin Atkinson to restore parity when the ball seemed to come off the hand of Chico Flores before nestling in the net from a Jonjo Shelvey cross around the hour-mark.

Swansea benefited from another Atkinson non-decision when Dwight Tiendalli clearly used both hands to stop an Alex Bruce header from a Tom Huddlestone corner that should have been a penalty to the visiting side.

A draw was probably a fair outcome from the evening with Swansea not doing enough to win the game against a well-organised visiting unit.

It was hardly surprising to hear home manager Michael Laudrup admit that his side had been too slow and laborious in their attacking movements.


9' - GRAHAM POUNCES: Graham ends his scoring drought. Ahmed Elmohamady with a delightful cross, and that is a lovely finish from Graham. Superb move from Hull.

60' - FLORES FIND THE EQUALISER: Ball seemed to spin off the arm of Chico Flores and into the net from Shelvey's driven cross.

69' - HULL DENIED A PENALTY: Huddlestone is going to throw in a corner here. Hull's first of the night. Bruce with the header at goal. Tiendalli with a clear handball, but no penalty.

75' - TREMMEL WITH A DIVING STOP: Sagbo smashes a shot at the home goal from 22 yards. Solid diving stop by Tremmel. Very impressIve stuff.

78' - McGREGOR CLASS: Fine diving stop by McGregor to halt the Michu shot. Had to get that one spot on.


Hull draw away for the first time this season, and end a run of four away losses in a row.

Swansea are now unbeaten in five matches in the PL at home, since losing 2-1 to Arsenal on 28 September (W2-D3).

Danny Graham had not scored in the Premier League since leaving Swansea, his last goal coming at the Liberty Stadium on the 1 January this year against Villa.

Hull are yet to draw an away match this season (W1–L6). A draw has been Swansea’s most common home result so far (W2-D3-L2).

That was Chico’s first ever PL goal for Swansea, playing 40 matches before tonight, and was the 25th Spanish goal in the PL this season.



TALKING POINT: How poor were referee Martin Atkinson's errors? He can be excused missing the first one at Hull's equaliser due to the pace of the Jonjo Shelvey cross, but how Dwight Tiendalli escaped without conceding a penalty is a minor miracle. As visiting manager Steve Bruce correctly said later: "He almost caught the ball".


Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull): Brilliant cross for Graham's opening goal. Worked hard all night, and provided some serious headaches for Ben Davies out wide.


Swansea: Tremmel 7, Tiendalli 5, Chico 6, Williams 6, Davies 6, Canas 6, De Guzman 5, Shelvey 6, Dyer 6, Hernandez 6, Michu 6..subs: Routledge 6, Pozuelo 6

Hull City: McGregor 7, Figueroa 6, Bruce 7, Chester 7, Davies 7, Meyler 7, Huddlestone 7, Graham 7, Livermore 6, Sagbo 6, Elmohamady 7..subs: Koren 6