FA Cup - Third Round
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Hull City 2-0 Swansea City

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Highlights: Hull 2-0 Swansea

Abel Hernandez returned from injury to help Hull City into the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea.

Hernandez had been out since November with a groin injury but scored within 15 minutes of coming off the bench.

Josh Tymon added a second as new Hull boss Marco Silva enjoyed a debut win.

For Swansea manager Paul Clement - also taking charge of his team for the first time - defeat is a reminder of the hard work that lies ahead.

With both of these teams languishing inside the Premier League relegation zone, this competition was low down the list of priorities for both new managers.

But a first win since November will be warmly welcomed by Tigers fans, who will also take heart from a first clean sheet in 23 games.

Hull fans stay away in droves

Marco Silva and Paul Clement
Marco Silva (left) replaced Mike Phelan as Hull boss earlier this week, while Paul Clement has been brought in as Swansea's third manager of the season, replacing Bob Bradley

With some Hull fans staying away in protest at the club's owners and just 210 making the trip from Wales, an official crowd of just 6,608 witnessed this contest.

Those that did turn up were rewarded with a reasonably open game, with Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic called on to make excellent saves from Ki Sung-yueng, Nathan Dyer and Fernando Llorente.

The hosts threatened only sporadically before going ahead, with Sam Clucas guilty of wasting two presentable chances and top scorer Robert Snodgrass firing wide.

The introduction of Hernandez gave Hull greater threat in attack and his presence told in the 78th minute after fellow substitute Shaun Maloney got behind the Swansea defence to present the Uruguayan with a straightforward finish.

And a third substitute, academy product Tymon, wrapped up the win in the dying seconds with his first senior goal.

Did win come at a cost?

Michael Dawson
Michael Dawson was forced off with a shoulder injury after landing awkwardly

Hull were forced to name a makeshift backline, with centre-backs Harry Maguire and Curtis Davies missing through injury and right-back Ahmed Elmohamady on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Midfielders Jake Livermore and David Meyler were drafted in to the defence, but come the final whistle Silva had three midfielders in his back line with Tom Huddlestone covering for the second-half loss of captain Michael Dawson.

Hull, therefore, head into Tuesday night's EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Manchester United with question marks over each of their senior central defenders.

'We need more support' - manager quotes

Hull boss Marco Silva: "It's important for me that our fans believe in our team because we need help.

"We need the other fans to support our team because to change the situation, to change our position in the table, we need them.

"With a good atmosphere it's better. If the atmosphere's not good, I want my players to focus on things happening on the pitch - but I hope the next game we can change the situation."

Swansea head coach Paul Clement: "The crowd, the atmosphere surprised me. I was expecting a bigger crowd.

"We found it strange. Maybe it was was stranger for Hull than it was for us. It was quiet, with not many supporters, which is different to what I've been used to recently.

"I thought it affected the intensity, there wasn't not much tempo to the game. We were looking for more than that. We're looking to play with much higher intensity."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 7Meyler
  • 21DawsonSubstituted forMaloneyat 70'minutes
  • 14Livermore
  • 3Robertson
  • 22HenriksenSubstituted forHernándezat 64'minutes
  • 8HuddlestoneBooked at 7mins
  • 25Mason
  • 11ClucasBooked at 45mins
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 20DiomandeSubstituted forTymonat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hernández
  • 15Maloney
  • 17Weir
  • 23Marshall
  • 28Tymon
  • 29Bowen
  • 37Clackstone

Swansea

  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 26NaughtonBooked at 87mins
  • 33Fernandez
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 35KingsleySubstituted forRangelat 67'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 24Cork
  • 8Fer
  • 12DyerSubstituted forRoutledgeat 63'minutes
  • 10BastónSubstituted forLlorenteat 62'minutes
  • 23G Sigurdsson

Substitutes

  • 1Fabianski
  • 2Amat
  • 7Britton
  • 9Llorente
  • 15Routledge
  • 22Rangel
  • 56Fulton
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
6,608

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 2, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Swansea City 0.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 2, Swansea City 0. Josh Tymon (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Swansea City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Josh Tymon replaces Adama Diomande.

Booking

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Swansea City).

Adama Diomande (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Mason (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Cork.

Attempt blocked. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

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

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Swansea City 0. Abel Hernández (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

Offside, Hull City. Ryan Mason tries a through ball, but Adama Diomande is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Fernando Llorente with a headed pass.

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Diomande (Hull City).

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Shaun Maloney replaces Michael Dawson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Michael Dawson (Hull City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Stephen Kingsley.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Abel Hernández replaces Markus Henriksen.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Nathan Dyer.

Delay in match Michael Dawson (Hull City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Fernando Llorente replaces Borja Bastón.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

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