Premier League: Swansea v Hull as it happened

Live text and radio commentary as Swansea are held to a draw by Hull at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League.

9 December 2013 Last updated at 18:51 GMT

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  1. 2209: 

    That's a wrap from us this evening as there isn't a need to go into too much detail about an uninspiring match which saw two shots on target from both teams. Swansea are now 10th in the league, three points behind Manchester United, while Hull are 12th, a point behind the Welsh team.

    Swansea will be in action on Thursday against St Gallen as they attempt to progress in the Europa League. There will, of course, be live Europa League text commentary but on Tuesday the Champions League will be our focus so join my colleague Tom Rostance as Europe's finest teams go toe-to-toe.

  2. 2204: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It wasn't a very good game to watch. First half, we played and played and played but much too slow, no pace on the ball so it was quite easy for Hull to defend.

    "Second half, we did much better, much quicker, got the equaliser. Had a chance maybe before the second goal but I think after the first half we did not deserve to win this game today."

    Michael Laudrup

    Phil in Pool on text: "Swansea fans moaning about Laudraup - be careful what you wish for. A few years back a large number of Charlton fans were saying we should get rid of Curbishley because we hadn't 'progressed' they got their wish and look where we are now. Be realistic, Swansea are a mid-table Prem team."

    Matt Bickerton on 81111: "The sooner Swansea are knocked out of the Europa League the better. Their squad aren't good enough to play this many games. They'll be back to their old selves when they are though."

  4. 2158: 

    Hull goalscorer Danny Graham on ending his 30-game goal drought: "Certainly it's been a long-time coming, we had to work hard, we knew it would be tough. We hit them on counter attack and that seemed to work. We are happy with a point.

    Danny Graham (left)

    "I wanted to go crazy [when I scored] but I had a good relationship with the Swansea fans and had good times down here so that was always the case. I wasn't going to celebrate if I scored."

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    Terry Mahoney on Twitter: At the start of the season I think Swansea would have taken being tucked in 3 points behind Manchester United after 15 games

    Andy Vickers on Twitter: Tale of two handballs by Swansea.. Flores scored with his arm and Tiendalli blatant handball in his area. Hull resolute

    sportform on Twitter: No penalty. Swansea defender was moving arms into body to avoid handball from ball hitting arms out wide. Accidental

  6. 2152: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Swansea have yet to record successive victories in the Premier League this season, while Hull have still won just the one game on the road. The visitors will be happier with a deserved point, although both teams move up a place in the league table.

    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport

    "Hull will pleased with a point, but not just that, they will pleased with the performance as well."

  8. 94 min: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Referee Martin Atkinson, thankfully, sees no need to let this match go on for longer than is necessary.

  9. 92 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Hull are camped in their own half and frustrating Swansea who continue to monopolise possession without producing the final, killer touch.

  10. 90 min: 

    We are informed that four minutes will be added to the 90 and Swansea are still continuing to launch crosses into the box which Hull are happy to deal with all night long.

  11. 89 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Swansea switch play to the left where Nathan Dyer and Jonjo Shelvey combine. Two menacing crosses from Shelvey but, once again, the Hull defence hold firm.

  12. 88 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Two minutes of the full 90 remaining and Wayne Routledge sprints down the left wing only to be stopped in his tracks by an alert Alex Bruce.

  13. 86 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    A swivel of the hips, a change of pace, and Nathan Dyer accelerates beyond David Meyler into the box, but the hosts are unable to do any real damage in the final third.

  14. 84 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Chico Flores dramatically falls to the turf, hands covering his face, after colliding with Yannick Sagbo but neither player is punished. Replays suggest the Swansea defender was a touch theatrical.

  15. 82 min: 
    FINAL 10 MINUTES- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Chico Flores receives a yellow for a foul on Robert Koren which rules him out of the next game against Norwich. Swansea go in search of the winner...

  16. 80 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Martin Atkinson frantically toots his whistle in an attempt to stop a brawl from from forming. Ashley Williams seemed to grab Yannick Sagbo's collar and both players, as well as Jonjo Shelvey, receive yellow cards.

    Swansea v Hull
  17. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Wrexham 1-2 Oxford United

    Away from matters in south Wales, Wrexham in the north have been knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two leaders Oxford United. The Conference side let a one-goal lead slip at the Racecourse Ground and Oxford now go on to face Championship outfit Charlton in the next round.

  18. 79 min: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Allan McGregor's feet prevent Michu from finding the target - but what have we got here... Swansea and Hull players race towards Ashley Williams and Yannick Sagbo...

  19. 77 min: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Thud! Nathan Dyer tumbles to the ground after being body blocked by Maynor Figueroa, who receives a yellow card for his sin. A free-kick in dangerous territory for Swansea but it comes to nada.

  20. 75 min: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Oof! Hull confident enough to test Swansea's resilience and it's a palm stinger for Gerhard Tremmel as Yannick Sagbo lets loose.

  21. 74 min: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    A cute header from Jake Livermore sets David Meyler through on goal and the ball is in the back of the net - but Meyler was deemed offisde.

  22. 72 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Nathan Dyer barges Maynor Figueroa out of the way, earning the hosts a throw-in but the Swansea man goes on to concede a free-kick and the Swans seem to have lost the urgency which was a part of their game just a few minutes ago.

  23. 69 min: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Tom Huddlestone takes Hull's first corner of the match and a number of Hull players appeal for a penalty as they watch Dwight Tiendalli placing both his hands on the ball when the ball bounces towards him.

  24. 67 min: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Another new face is introduced and this time it's Wayne Routledge for Pablo Hernandez.

  25. 66 min: 
    Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Jonjo Shelvey controlling the tempo for Swansea and the midfielder tries his luck from distance, though there's no danger for Allan McGregor in goal.

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    Gary Lansley: Never thought I'd say that Jonjo Shelvey looks like a future England player. Decent

    Jack Richards: Brilliant ball from Shelvey! Starting to become my new favourite swans player!

    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Liberty Stadium

    "Hull are going to go one up front, just to match up with Swansea and to make sure they don't get over-run in midfield. Steve Bruce would take a point now, that's for sure."

  28. 62 min: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-1 Hull

    Swansea had been threatening in the build-up to their equaliser and the hosts are once again huffing and puffing around the Hull third. Steve Bruce changes his line-up. A warm reception from both sets of supporters for Danny Graham as he makes way for Robert Koren.

    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Liberty Stadium

    "Swansea changed the tempo of the game, got more men in the box and they have their reward."

    Listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  30. 60 min: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Hull - Chico Flores (60 mins)

    Fortune favours the brave, so they say. Nathan Dyer's trickery earns Swansea a corner which Jonjo Shelvey takes. Hull deal with the set-piece, but the ball falls once again to Shelvey who drills the ball into the six-yard box and Chico, rather fortuitously, directs the ball into the net via his thigh.

    Swansea v Hull
  31. 58 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Swansea enjoying a sustained period of possession and all 11 Hull players are retreating towards their goal-line.

  32. 57 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Ben Davies to Pablo Hernandez... the pair attempting to up the tempo... the Welshman sprints down the left to collect the return pass... he's on his own on the flank... free as a bird.. but his cutback merely finds a Hull shirt.

  33. 55 min: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Jonathan De Guzman is told he has to make way for Alejandro Pozuelo as Michael Laudrup shuffles his pack.

  34. 54 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Ashley Williams surges forward, attempting to add some urgency into his team's play. But it's the same old story for Swansea as Jonjo Shelvey gives the ball away when attempting a looping pass towards Pablo Hernandez.

  35. 51 min: 
    SHOWBOAT- Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Whoa! Quick footwork from Yannick Sagbo who thinks he's on the Copacabana rather than on the left wing at the Liberty Staidum. The Hull player outfoxes a couple of Swansea players with his trickery. It's too early in the game to showboat, surely? Never too early to showboat, I suppose.

  36. 49 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Signs for danger for the hosts as Tom Huddlestone receives the ball on the edge of the box. He's given the freedom to pick his target, but his shot sails high.

  37. 47 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Groans around the Liberty as Chico, under no pressure, wastes possession with a careless pass. That's the story of the game so far for the Welshmen.

  38. 2102: 
    FA CUP LATEST- Wrexham 1-2 Oxford United

    It's all change at the Racecourse Ground where Oxford United have come from behind to lead 2-1 against Wrexham. Two goals in two minutes from James Constable and Ryan Williams have put the visitors in the driving seat early in the second half.

  39. 45 min: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-1 Hull

    We're up up and away. Let the second-half battle commence.

  40. 2059: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    As has already been mentioned, some fans deemed it appropriate to boo Swansea as they trudged off for half-time. Whether it's right to hiss and jeer your team during the break is open for debate but the home fans should have faith in the fact that 80% of Swansea's goals this season have come in the second half of matches.

  41. 2057: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Ahmed Elmohamady was the architect of Hull's goal, although Swansea captain Ashley Williams did play his part, and the Egyptian midfielder has been key to his team's attacking forays with the visitors proving more dangerous down the right. Indeed, Elmohamady has made more passes in the opposition half than any Hull player and has had more touches than any of his team-mates.

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    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Samuel Davies on Twitter: Swansea's Christmas and New Year fixtures make uncomfortable reading, this is a game Swansea should definitely want to win.

    Adam Momoniat on Twitter: Steve Bruce's style of play is perfect for a team looking to stay up. They go long when needed but can play it on the deck too

    Chris Devine on Twitter: In one week Bendtner, Chamakh and Graham have scored. Just need Welbeck to score to make reality even more scary!

  43. 2052: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull
    Swansea v Hull

    The majority of possession during the first half was played in the middle of the park which explains why neither side did too much damage.

  44. 2050:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC SportSwansea 0-1 Hull

    "All around there were boos and I think, rightly so. There has been a few moves in the half but there has been no real tempo to Swansea's play. It's usually what we associate with them but they haven't got enough forward and haven't supported Michu. They haven't offered any real questions of Hull's defence."

  45. 45 min: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-1 Hull

    A few boos ring around the Liberty Stadium which is perhaps unnecessary as it is merely half-time.

  46. 44 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Hull forcing Swansea to backpedal, ending with Ashley Williams passing to Gerhard Tremmel. The hosts launch another attack and a delightful ball from Jonathan De Guzman over the top of the Hull defence is a fraction too long for the onrushing Pablo Hernandez. A minute of stoppage time...

  47. 43 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Swansea's form has been a bit inconsistent of late, having lost two, won two and drawn two of their previous six games, and that inconsistency is on show once again this evening.

  48. 41 min: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Jake Livermore receives a yellow card for a foul on Nathan Dyer in the middle of the pitch. Another glimpse of Michael Laudrup whose brows are slightly furrowed.

  49. 39 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    The tenacious Yannick Sagbo earns his team a throw-in and it's a set piece which allows Hull to string a few passes together. Gerhard Tremmel gathers a hopeful ball into the box, though, giving the hosts the chance to once again set off towards the Hull half.

  50. 2038: 
    FA CUP LATEST- Wrexham 1-0 Oxford United

    Half-time in north Wales where Joe Clarke's sublime volley has given Wrexham a 1-0 lead against Oxford United in the FA Cup. The winners of that tie face Charlton in the third round.

    Wrexham v Oxford United

  51. 37 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Michu gathers the ball on the edge of the D... finds Pablo Hernandez... The Spanish winger plays a neat one-two... The home fans become animated... Michu prepares to pull the trigger... but his timing is off and the move fizzles out.

  52. 35 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    The Hull defence hold firm when under attack from a Jonjo Shelvey corner, but the ball soon finds its way back to the Swansea midfielder who launches a testing cross towards the far post... A couple of white shirts leap high, but Hull's defence is, once again, alert to the danger.

  53. 32 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Goalkeepers Gerhard Tremmel and Allan McGregor could unfold a couple of deckchairs and read the newspapers A mistake by Jonjo Shelvey gives rare possession to Hull but the visitors make nothing of their opportunity.

    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty Stadium

    "The way Swansea play it's massively important that the full-backs get forward and make overlapping runs. Angel Rangel is brilliant at it but I've not seen too much of that from Dwight Tiendalli so far."

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    James Westfall: Swansea have gone backwards under Laudrup, look at the Prem season under Rodgers and they had a higher points total

    Samuel Davies: Hull's intensity has been excellent so far, Swansea need to up a few gears.

    Paul Moore: I think I like so many underestimated Hull. They are a lot better than I thought. They can actually play and look solid.

  56. 28 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Jonjo Shelvey is trying his best to be the switch which turns on his team's engine, but the midfielder's efforts are coming to nothing at the moment....

  57. 26 min: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Neat passing between Ben Davies and Jonjo Shelvey and the Wales defender takes aim from distance but is high and wide. His effort gives the home fans something to sing about though.

    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty Stadium

    "Ahmed Elmohamady looks right at home as a wing back. Swansea need to up the tempo here."

  59. 23 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    The camera lens focuses on Swansea boss Michael Laudrup standing on the sidelines but the Dane's demeanour reveals nothing much, other than he has an itchy nose which he must, and is, scratching. I won't lie to you, it's been a scrappy couple of minutes.

  60. 21 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Swansea have enjoyed 66% of possession so far in this match, but it's what you do with the ball that counts, I suppose. The hosts have yet to threaten Allan McGregor in the Hull goal and the visitors seem content with frustrating their opponents and attempting to catch them out on the counter-attack.

  61. 19 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Swansea are not spraying the ball around with their usual fluency - Pablo Hernandez sloppy in possession this time, but Swansea regain possession and Michu earns his team a free-kick, though it comes to nowt.

  62. 17 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Swansea camped in the Hull third, searching, hoping for an equaliser. Canny footwork from Jonjo Shelvey buys the former Liverpool midfielder some space and time to release Jonathan De Guzman on the right but Shelvey's team-mate needs to improve on his crossing into the box.

  63. 15 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    If Hull leave south Wales with three points they will, of course, jump above Swansea in the league. There's plenty of time for Swansea to restore parity, but their central defenders are making uncharacteristic errors in possession. Chico, this time, clumsily ceding possession.

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    Mic Medeska: Can't stand this 'not celebrating vs old club'. They sold you, you play for Hull, be excited man! Good goal though

    Paul Thompson: It just had to be Danny Graham. Terrific volley! What a roaring start for the Tigers!

    James Ash: Danny Graham realised he was missing out after Bendtner's and Chamakh's goals!

    Danny Graham
  65. 13 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Nathan Dyer weaves his way down the right wing and earns his team a corner which Jonathan De Guzman takes. Ashley Williams connects but he fails to find the target and with it fails to make amends for his blunder which led to the goal.

  66. 10 min: 
    Swansea 0-1 Hull

    Who would have stuck that in the script? Well, plenty I suppose because it's the way the cookie often crumbles when a player faces his former team. Danny Graham, who helped Swansea achieve promotion to the Premier League and left Swansea for Sunderland last January for £5m, refuses to celebrate, though.

    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty Stadium

    "He's picked the one game where he can't celebrate! Ridiculous, his sense of timing is awful!"

    Listen to commentary of the match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  68. 8 min: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Hull - Danny Graham (9 mins)

    A lame pass from Ashley Williams to Ahmed Elmohamady. The midfielder dashes down the right flank and then finds Danny Graham at the far post and the former Swansea striker side-foots home for his first goal in 11 months.

  69. 6 min: 
    Swansea 0-0 Hull

    Michu again in the thick of it as Swansea counter-attack with pace. The Spanish striker finds Pablo Hernandez on the right wing but Hernandez can only find a Hull shirt with a tame pass.

  70. 5 min: 
    Swansea 0-0 Hull

    Tom Huddlestone attempts to spark his team into action down the left, but Hull lose possession and Jonjo Shelvey goes off on a marauding run down midfield.

  71. 3 min: 
    Swansea 0-0 Hull

    The home team, as you'd expect, monopolising possession. First sniff to Swansea too as Michu, who has missed the previous five games due to injury, puts Nathan Dyer through, but the winger, racing through the middle, balloons his attempt.

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    Liam on Twitter: Bruce has signed good players & they a grinding out good results. Good platform for years in prem just avoid 2nd season syndrome

    James 007 on Twitter: Michu's return should have Swansea in the driver seat!!!

    Rian Hoskins on Twitter: Hull have been one of the surprise packages with excellent home record. Bruce has made great signings but will need a striker.

  73. 1 min: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Hull

    Swansea get the game under way.

  74. 1957: 

    Swansea's class of 2003 received warm applause from the supporters as they walked towards the centre circle. But the players have now emerged, doing so to the sounds of Free Nelson Mandela. The two teams currently participating in a minute's applause for the former South African president who died on Thursday.

    Swansea v Hull
  75. 1952: 

    [Seamless link alert]. Brian Flynn was, of course, in charge of Wrexham many moons ago and his old club are in action this evening against Oxford United in the second round of the FA Cup. It's a sporting feast in Wales this evening as tonight is the night we find out the winner of BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award.

  76. 1949: 

    Former Swansea manager Brian Flynn is at the Liberty this evening and he's sharing a joke with a couple of gents as I type. Swansea captain Ashley Williams shakes Flynn's hand as he sprints back to the changing room and Ben Davies stops to have a chat with Port Talbot's favourite son who was, of course, in charge of the Swans during that afternoon in 2003.

    Brian Flynn
  77. 1948: 

    More from Britton on 2003: "We are in the spotlight in the Premier League where every game is big, but back then you were talking about people paying for mortgages, players with families and no-one knew what was going to happen.

    "Financially, the players are well rewarded in the Premier League so you don't have to worry too much on that side - that game was a lot more intense with what was on the line for the players."

  78. 1941: 

    Leon Britton was a member of the Swansea team which beat Hull in that season-ending finale 10 years ago and the diminutive midfielder admits this evening's showdown will have no comparison to that afternoon in May 2003.

    "We'll always have a special rapport with Hull because of that game and it's brilliant we have gone from fighting in the bottom division to playing each other in the Premier League so it will be a special night," says the 31-year-old.

    "It's still a night where our focus will be on getting three points and we know it's important for us, but you have to admit it's a completely different kind of pressure."

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    Arthur Fane on Twitter: Bruce has impressed - I had Hull down at relegation certs, He's had them grinding out great results, & has signed good players

    Sean Monaghan on Twitter: Steve Bruce has brought in some steely players who will keep Hull in the league

    Which manager has impressed the most this season? Steve Bruce or Michael Laudrup? You can tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text 81111.

  80. 1942: 
    WHAT THE MANAGER SAYS- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "Let's hope tonight that we start the game brightly and are concentrated. Last year we came up against Championship sides and most team play with two strikers and it's pretty straightforward."

  81. 1941: 
    WHAT THE MANAGER SAYS- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It's a very good challenge for us, Hull have done excellent so far this season. Coming up is very difficult in your first season. They are on 17 points and let's hope they stay that way at the end of the evening. They are very organised so we will have to play quick but also be patient."

    On Michu's return from a five-week injury lay-off: "There is no gambling for Michu, he's back because he's fit, he's obviously not 100% match fit but he's ready and we're happy to have him back."

  82. 1935: 
    Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)

    "Let's go, let's go," says a member of Michael Laudrup's backroom staff as he forces the players to perform some awkward-looking twists. Thousands of fans have yet taken to their seats but there is 15 minutes or remaining for them to down their Bovrils.

    Liberty City Stadium
  83. 1932: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    As is usual with these live text commentaries, your thoughts and musings are necessary. No, scrap that, they're vital. You can tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text 81111 and your contributions might magically appear on a screen near you. Which manager has done better this season (and why)? Does your vote go to Steve Bruce or Michael Laudrup?

  84. 1929: 
    GOOD OR BAD OMENS?- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)

    For those wanting a few facts to help with your predictions then Hull's poor away form might sway you in Swansea's direction because the Tigers have won just one of their last 31 Premier League games on the road. Actually, Hull have notched just one win in Swansea in the last 13 years.

    But before you dismiss Steve Bruce and his band of brothers then perhaps it is worth noting that Swansea, who convincingly beat Newcastle 3-0 at the Liberty last week, have yet to record successive victories this season.

  85. 1925: 

    BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson predicts this evening's tussle will end 1-1.

    "Like Swansea, Hull can pass the ball too and they will be difficult to break down," says Lawro

    "The only time this season where Hull have looked vulnerable was in the first half-an-hour of their opening game against Chelsea. Since then, they have looked very solid at the back."

    Read Lawro's full prediction and score.

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    Swansea gantry

    Swansea City FC on Twitter: The view from the gantry.

  87. 1922: 

    But a pat on the back, however loving and warm-hearted, will not placate any manager who carries out his business in the cut-throat world of the Premier League. All Bruce and his counterpart Michael Laudrup are interested in this evening are points, cold hard points - and three of them.

    Why is victory so important? Because it is... It always is... and a win for Hull would allow them leapfrog their hosts, while success for the hosts would see Swansea jump to 10th, just a point below Manchester United.

  88. 1920: 
    FULL LINE-UPS- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)

    Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, de Guzman, Canas, Dyer, Shelvey, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Amat, Taylor, Lamah, Routledge, Pozuelo, Donnelly, Zabret.

    Hull: McGregor, Davies, Bruce, Chester, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Figueroa, Sagbo, Graham. Subs: Rosenior, Koren, Brady, McShane, Boyd, Harper, Faye.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  89. 1917: 

    Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Swansea City's rise from the Third Division to the Premier League is a blueprint which his club should attempt to replicate. "They've done it their way and Swansea are an unbelievable success story," said Bruce.

    "They've been a leading club if you like, similar in stature to ourselves and in the way they've done it over the years. A big pat on the back needs to go to all of them who had the vision and the foresight to see it through."

  90. 1915: 
    HULL FORMATION- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)
  91. 1913: 
    SWANSEA FORMATION- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)
  92. 1910:  

    The Premier League season continues to baffle and amaze, and if you're searching for answers as to why it is easier to predict the wobble of a blancmange than a Premier League result then perhaps the Monday Night Club will be of help.

    Mark Chapman and his guests are discussing the weekend's action and are looking ahead to this evenings match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  93. 1908: 
    HULL CITY TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)

    It's just the one change for Hull after the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal. Curtis Davies returns from suspension and Robbie Brady is the man who makes way.

  94. 1906: 
    SWANSEA CITY TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Hull (2000 GMT)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup makes three chances to the Swansea team which beat Newcastle as Gerhard Tremmel, Michu, Nathan Dyer replace Michel Vorm, Vasquez Alvaro and Alex Pozuelo.

  95. 1902: 

    Back the, in the grim old days, Swansea were dangling their feet down a trap door to the Conference, but there was to be a fairytale ending as a hat-trick from local boy James Thomas in a never-to-be-forgotten 4-2 victory helped secure the Welsh team's Third Division status.

    Ten years on (and trying to avoid sounding like Cilla Black in 'Surprise Surprise') those two teams meet again but in grander surroundings - and for the first time in the Premier League.

  96. 1900: 

    If ever there was an evening ripe for reflection and nostalgia then a chilly Monday night in the advent of Christmas is it, right?

    So let's sit back in our rocking chairs and take ourselves back to 2003, to a rain-soaked afternoon in South Wales, to the final day of the season, where 6,000 fans have gathered at the crumbling Vetch Field for a nerve-wracking 90 minutes which will decide Swansea's Football League status. The opponents that day? Well, there's a reason why we're going down memory lane because Hull City were the team standing between Swansea and survival. Oh, how times have changed.

    Swansea fans celebrate in 2003

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No movement 13 Everton 30 -4 34
No movement 14 West Brom 30 -12 33
No movement 15 Hull 30 -12 28
No movement 16 Aston Villa 30 -20 28
No movement 17 Sunderland 30 -21 26
No movement 18 Burnley 30 -23 25
No movement 19 QPR 30 -23 22
No movement 20 Leicester 29 -21 19

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