Hull City: Danny Graham grateful for Steve Bruce's backing

Danny Graham

Hull City striker Danny Graham has thanked Tigers manager Steve Bruce for keeping faith with him.

The 28-year-old scored his first goal for the club in Monday's 1-1 draw with Swansea.

It was the Sunderland loanee's first strike since scoring for the Swans in a 2-0 win against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final in January.

"He's been great with me from the moment I walked through the door," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

"He keeps telling me how good a player I am and that the goals will come and I can only thank him for that."

Graham joined the Tigers on a season-long loan deal in July after going 13 appearances for the Black Cats without a goal following a £5m move from the Liberty Stadium in January.

He admitted he found it difficult not to celebrate after ending his 30-match goal drought.

The former Middlesbrough trainee scored 15 goals in 54 league appearances for the Swans.

"I had a great time at Swansea and I had a great relationship with the fans and the players but it was still tough not to celebrate after so long without one," he said.

"It was always the plan not to celebrate if I got a goal tonight but obviously I was delighted to get it.

"It was a big relief because you are judged on goals and hopefully I can go on a run now."

Monday's point moved the Tigers up to 12th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.

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