Hull City moved a substantial step closer to securing their Premier League status for another season after a hard-fought victory over Swansea City.

George Boyd's towering header from Liam Rosenior's cross gave the home side a 39th-minute lead and the Tigers held on to move nine points clear of the bottom three with five games left.

But Swansea remain in the relegation mix after an impotent display.

The closest they came was a tame Jonjo Shelvey shot straight at Steve Harper.

Huge step towards survival - Steve Bruce

Defeat means Garry Monk's side are still sweating over their top-flight future, albeit a cushion of six points means relegation remains a slim prospect.

Hull, though, can travel to Wembley for next Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United free of such concerns.

Hull's 2013-14 run-in

Sat 19 April: v Arsenal (H)

Sat 26 April: v Fulham (A)

Sat 3 May: v Aston Villa (A)

Tue 6 May: v Man Utd (A)

Sun 11 May: v Everton (H)

Having lost at Stoke last time out, Steve Bruce's side were in danger of being dragged into the fight at the bottom but this triumph - in a fixture that has been played in all four divisions of English football - means they can concentrate their attentions on earning a place in the final.

On this form, they will approach the Cup tie against League One opponents with confidence. Combative and energetic, Bruce's side created a series of chances and only their own profligacy prevented a more handsome scoreline.

Boyd and Shane Long, in particular, were persistent pests to the Swansea defence.

Monk wants 'reaction' after defeat

The former, back in the starting XI after serving a three-match suspension for spitting at Joe Hart, spurned a fine opening after being released on the left side of the box by Long but made amends by scoring the decisive goal, towering above Angel Rangel to nudge Rosenior's teasing cross past the exposed Michel Vorm.

Swansea's 2013-14 run-in

Sun 13 April: v Chelsea (H)

Sat 19 April: v Newcastle (A)

Sat 26 April: v Aston Villa (H)

Sat 3 May: v Southampton (H)

Sun 11 May: v Sunderland (A)

Long, meanwhile, should have added to his three goals since signing from West Brom but had his back-post volley saved splendidly by the Dutch goalkeeper after he beat Ashley Williams to Maynor Figueroa's deep delivery.

The withdrawal of the Irishman, who along with Nikica Jelavic is cup-tied next weekend, allowed Sone Aluko a chance to shine but he was unable to make an impact and, the longer Hull went without adding to their lead, the more nervous the home support became.

Their fears were without foundation, though, as Swansea were unable to cleave open a resolute home defence.

The Welsh side were more progressive after the interval but even their best opportunities were speculative, with tame finishes from Wilfried Bony, twice, Shelvey and Nathan Dyer failing to truly trouble Harper.

Indeed, the only time the veteran - deputising for the injured Allan McGregor - was stretched was when plucking a Wayne Routledge chip from the air.

The otherwise ineffective winger was this week touted for an England call-up by manager Monk but it is Hull who have a more pressing engagement at Wembley.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce:

"It's a long way towards it [safety], the way results have gone. It's a huge win in the context of where we are in the season and against a team in and around us.

"I think we showed a resilience and determination to get something. We all talk the baloney but it's about getting results now.

"Of course there are nerves and edginess but we've seen it through with another clean sheet."

Swansea City manager Garry Monk:

"We were very poor first half, nowhere near good enough. In the second half we had the right attitude but did we really do enough? I don't know. We played too many sloppy balls, had too many touches and I expected better.

"We're not safe and I don't know why anyone would celebrate 33 points. It's not good enough for the quality of players we've got and we're not going to rest until the end of the season."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 22 Harper
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 03 Figueroa (Koren - 75' )
  • 14 Livermore
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Davies
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 07 Meyler
  • 18 Jelavic (Sagbo - 91' )
  • 21 Long (Aluko - 64' )
  • 17 Boyd

Substitutes

  • 04 Bruce
  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 24 Aluko
  • 29 Quinn

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies
  • 08 Shelvey Booked
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 20 De Guzmán (Dyer - 45' )
  • 07 Britton (Lita - 83' )
  • 10 Bony
  • 09 Michu (Hernández - 66' Booked )
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 03 Taylor
  • 11 Hernández
  • 12 Dyer
  • 18 Lita
  • 21 Cañas
  • 25 Tremmel
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 22,744

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

4 2

Corners

7 2

Fouls

6 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 1, Swansea City 0.

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Swansea City 0.

90:00 +3:06

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

90:00 +3:06

Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

90:00 +0:59

Offside, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.

90:00 +0:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.

87:09

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:09

Foul by Robert Koren (Hull City).

85:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:38

Delay in match Jake Livermore (Hull City) because of an injury.

82:40

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

82:40

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Leroy Lita replaces Leon Britton.

81:52

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

77:42

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

76:38

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

75:58

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

75:58

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:18

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Leon Britton.

74:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robert Koren replaces Maynor Figueroa because of an injury.

73:16 Booking

Booking Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:07

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

73:07

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:14

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

69:21

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

67:36

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

65:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández replaces Michu.

64:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:18

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:18

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

63:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces Shane Long.

58:50

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

58:50

Steve Harper (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:25

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:25

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

54:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:46

Delay in match Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) because of an injury.

53:00

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:00

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

50:52

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

50:52

Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:05

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:05

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

47:31

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Chico.

46:34

Offside, Hull City. Nikica Jelavic tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 1, Swansea City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Jonathan De Guzmán.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 1, Swansea City 0.

42:51

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:51

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

41:00

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Boyd with a cross.

40:06 Booking

Booking Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:01

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:01

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

38:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, Swansea City 0. George Boyd (Hull City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a cross.

37:26

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

35:57

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ben Davies.

35:40

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:40

Foul by Michu (Swansea City).

32:47

Attempt missed. Chico (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

31:31

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

30:19

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:19

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

29:25

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:25

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

28:50

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a cross.

28:00

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

27:13

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:45

Attempt blocked. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

24:47

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ben Davies.

23:54

Foul by Michu (Swansea City).

23:54

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:04

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

21:04

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:22

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left following a corner.

18:57

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

18:17

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

18:17

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:28

Attempt saved. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shane Long.

15:04

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

13:22

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

13:22

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:25

Hand ball by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

8:46

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michel Vorm.

8:42

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maynor Figueroa with a cross.

7:55

Hand ball by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

6:52

Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

6:00

Foul by Michu (Swansea City).

6:00

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:00

Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

4:24

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

0:17

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

0:17

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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