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Hull City 3-2 Swansea City: Tigers fight back to beat Swans

Jarrod Bowen celerates
Jarrod Bowen (left) has scored eight goals this season

Hull City scored three goals in 10 second-half minutes to complete a stunning comeback against Swansea City.

Wilfried Bony put the visitors ahead with a powerful early strike on his first start since January, but the visitors were emphatically punished for missing numerous chances.

Jarrod Bowen made up for a first-half penalty miss with the equaliser.

Tommy Elphick headed the hosts ahead and Bowen scored a superb second before substitute Bersant Celina hit back.

Hull rose three places to 16th in the table, while Swansea stayed 12th, five points above the Tigers.

Bony, making his first start since Swansea's FA Cup fourth-round draw at Notts County at the start of the year, fired the visitors in front with a powerful low strike that ricocheted in off the right upright.

Bony and another of Swansea's veterans, Nathan Dyer, both went close to a second as the hosts struggled to find their spark and rhythm.

Hull gradually built some momentum, but saw Kamil Grosicki fire over the bar before Bowen's penalty was saved by Erwin Mulder as the Swansea keeper made amends for bringing down Fraizer Campbell.

But Swansea failed to make the most of their chances after the break and Hull began their comeback when Matt Grimes scuffed Grosicki's neat cross for Bowen to equalise from close range.

Elphick then rose above Leroy Fer to head the ball over Mulder to put the Tigers in front and Bowen made it 3-1 when he weaved through a pedestrian Swansea defence before emphatically sending the ball past Mulder.

Substitute Celina gave Swansea hope with a clever run before hitting home a late consolation, but Hull held on.

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins said: "I don't think there was one turning point, we just grew into the game.

"We've fought, we've shown good character.

"We started the game poorly, it was a poor goal we gave away. The first 20 minutes were difficult for us.

"Although we were a goal down we showed great character."

Swansea manager Graham Potter said: "We didn't defend well enough. If you concede three goals you are in trouble in any game.

"While it's 1-0 the game is still alive and the crowd can get involved.

"For the first 35 minutes of the first half we controlled things and got into some good areas and created some good opportunities."

Line-ups

Hull

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 17Kane
  • 35Elphick
  • 3MazuchSubstituted forde Wijsat 45'minutes
  • 23Kingsley
  • 20Bowen
  • 6Stewart
  • 18BattySubstituted forEvandroat 66'minutes
  • 14Grosicki
  • 16Irvine
  • 25CampbellBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMartinat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4de Wijs
  • 7Evandro
  • 9Dicko
  • 12Long
  • 21Fleming
  • 27McKenzie
  • 29Martin

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Mulder
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der HoornBooked at 59mins
  • 22Rodon
  • 24JohnSubstituted forJamesat 77'minutes
  • 8FerBooked at 6mins
  • 21Grimes
  • 15Routledge
  • 19McKay
  • 12DyerSubstituted forCelinaat 77'minutes
  • 2BonySubstituted forMcBurnieat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 9McBurnie
  • 10Celina
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 20James
  • 26Naughton
  • 27Fulton
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
10,848

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 3, Swansea City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 3, Swansea City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin Stewart.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

  5. Post update

    Todd Kane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Hull City 3, Swansea City 2. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

    Kevin Stewart (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Jarrod Bowen is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Chris Martin replaces Fraizer Campbell.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel James (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Hull City 3, Swansea City 1. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stephen Kingsley.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich23145441261547
2Leeds22136336181845
3West Brom23126550311942
4Middlesbrough2310942516939
5Derby2311663225739
6Sheff Utd2311573627938
7Nottm Forest2381143223935
8Birmingham2381053527834
9Stoke2381053027334
10QPR2310492832-434
11Aston Villa228954334933
12Swansea239592927232
13Bristol City238782827131
14Blackburn2371062934-531
15Preston237793538-328
16Hull2376102632-627
17Sheff Wed2376102940-1127
18Brentford2367103434025
19Wigan2374122333-1025
20Rotherham2341092237-1522
21Reading2347122736-919
22Millwall2347122839-1119
23Bolton2346131531-1618
24Ipswich2329121938-1915
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