Swansea City 1 - 1 Hull City

Match info: Premier League at The Liberty Stadium

Date: 09/12/2013 KO: 20:00 Ref: Att: 19,303

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Swansea

Chico 60

1
vs
1

Hull City

Danny Graham 9

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: December 9 2013, 22:51 GMT

Former Swansea striker Danny Graham was delighted to score his first goal since January as he fired his side ahead in their 1-1 Premier League clash at Swansea.

Danny Graham: Thankful to the Swansea fans
Danny Graham: Thankful to the Swansea fans

The Hull forward handed the Tigers the lead with a fine far-post finish in just the eighth minute on his first return to the Liberty Stadium.

Before the match, the on-loan Sunderland man had made 13 appearances without finding the net this season, but his lean patch went back much further than that, numbering 30 games for three different clubs since he struck for Swansea in a 2-0 League Cup victory over Chelsea.

The Tigers kept their hosts at bay with ease until the hour mark when Jonjo Shelvey's driven ball hit Chico Flores and flew in to give the Spaniard his first Premier League goal, although replays suggested the ball had come off his arm on its way into the net.

Graham told Sky Sports 1: "It's been a long time coming, the goal, we had to work hard and we knew it was going to be tough. They kick the ball very well.

"We set out with a shape which we thought would frustrate them on the counter-attack and that seemed to work.

"We're very happy to go home with a point."

Graham had decided before the match that he would not celebrate if he scored, out of respect for his former side.

He added: "I wanted to go crazy. I have a great relationship and had some great times here in south Wales so that was always the case that if I scored I wasn't going to celebrate."

He also praised the Swansea fans for their response when he was substituted after 64 minutes.

He said: "It was very touching and very nice. I'll have to be thankful for that.

"As I said I had a great relationship and great times here and it was nice they showed their appreciation when I came off."

The result moves Swansea up into 10th, three points behind Manchester United, while Hull also advance one spot as they move to 12th - five points clear of the relegation zone.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup was satisfied with the point as his side moved into the top half of the table.

He said: "I think it's a fair point, I have to say. It wasn't a very good game to watch.

"The first half we played and played and played but it was much too slow and there was no pace on the ball, so it was quite easy for Hull to control and to defend.

"They got a goal, a good goal. It was a good cross and a good finish from Danny.

"In the second half we did much better, much quicker and we got the equaliser and we had a chance maybe for a second goal, a good chance from Michu but I think after the first half we did not deserve to win this game today."

Referring to the alleged handball of Chico Flores for the equaliser, Laudrup added: "It's into his body so it's not that he's using his hand to score. I don't know if it's touched both his leg and hand.

"There was another situation that they had with the ball inside our box, again - like I said the other day in the Newcastle game - it's a 50/50 and it can go either way."


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