Hull City claimed a vital victory in their search for Premier League survival, beating Swansea City 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium.
A brace from substitute and Man of the Match Oumar Niasse set the Tigers on their way to victory before a nervy ending after Alfie Mawson scored in second-half stoppage time.
Mawson’s goal was the first that Hull had conceded against their opponents this season after Eldin Jakupovic had kept out the Swans for 290 minutes throughout the 2016/17 campaign.
The tight first half saw the away side have the best of the early stages, having threats from set pieces, with Hull slowly working their way into the game and posing a problem for their rivals.
Swansea’s game was disrupted by injuries to Angel Rangel and Fernando Llorente, with four minutes added on at the end of the opening 45 minutes.
Niasse broke the deadlock after receiving the ball from Abel Hernandez. Omar Elabdellaoui started the move to find Hernandez before the on-loan striker beat the offside trap to put the ball under Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski and into the left-hand corner of his net.
The striker scored his second after Ahmed Elmohamady put the ball into the box, being able to control the ball with his right boot before putting the ball into the opposite corner of Fabianski’s net. It is the first time that Niasse has scored twice in one game in English football.
Mawson was left unmarked in the box from a late Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick to beat Jakupovic at his left-hand post and give a nervous final couple of minutes for the Hull fans before the game was over.
This result is potentially massive for Hull’s season, pushing them up to 18th in the league table on 24 points and just one point adrift of safety. They have played one more game than the rivals in the relegation zone. Swansea remains in 16th place on 27.
Below is the best of the images from the game.