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A goal by Chico Flores equaliser denied Hull City a second away league win of the season as they drew 1-1 at Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League.
Hull took the lead after nine minutes as former Swansea player Danny Graham scored his first goal since leaving the Welsh club in January. Swansea, who were looking for their first consecutive league wins this season, dominated possession but did not create many clear-cut chances. But they enjoyed a bit of luck as Jonjo Shelvey’s driven cross from the left deflected in off Flores. Hull fashioned the better opportunities in the closing stages and had a David Meyler goal disallowed for offside before the game was brought to a close. Both sides move up a place in the table, with Swansea climbing to 10th and Hull, who are a point worse off, leapfrogging Stoke City into 12th.
Michu returned from a five-week injury lay-off in one of three changes to Swansea’s side, while goalkeeper Michel Vorm missed out with a recurrence of a knee problem. Curtis Davies was back from suspension for Hull and replaced Robbie Brady.
Graham struck with the game's first real chance, the forward on loan from Sunderland beating Flores to Ahmed Elmohamady's far-post cross after Ashley Williams had passed the ball to the Egyptian.
Swansea dominated possession for much of the first half without creating much in the way of chances as Hull produced a stout defensive display. Defender Ben Davies had a shot from the edge of the area following neat work from the hosts but fired over.
Swansea began to exert more pressure in the opening stages of the second half, and were rewarded when Flores levelled. Goalscorer Graham was replaced by Robert Koren soon after, the forward his back as he left the field, but Hull continued to create opportunities. Hull’s claims for handball in the area against Swansea defender Dwight Tiendalli went unanswered, and a tight offside call denied Meyler a goal. Tremmel then displayed excellent reflexes to deny Yannick Sagbo from distance.
Michu went close for Swansea at the other end, forcing a strong stop with the feet of of Allan McGregor, but that proved to be the last meaningful chance of a match that ended with a flurry of late bookings.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "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 after the first half we did not deserve to win this game today."
Hull manager Steve Bruce: "In the first half we were a bit of a non-entity a little bit. In the second half it livened up. But always in the Premier League a newly-promoted team coming away from home to get a point, you're always satisfied with it and on another night we might have had a couple of decisions which might have changed the whole outcome.
"But overall I've got to be pleased because we know how difficult it is with Swansea being in the top 10. We've played eight or nine of the top 10 teams in the division away from home, so it's been a difficult start in that respect. We're in the pack and just below halfway and after 15-16 games is very, very pleasing. We're making big strides and let's hope we can stay with it."
"I'm pleased for him [Danny]. All strikers have it [a drought]. Even the great ones go through a time in their career. It was going well for Danny, who scored 13 goals just after they got promoted and then all of a sudden in the last 12 months, for whatever reason, it hasn't gone so well for the lad.
"The thing you have to do is to keep working hard at it, keep persevering and hope that it'll turn round. He's usually one who scores in clutches so I hope he can go on and get us a few more in the next few weeks."
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