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Oumar Niasse turned out to be Hull City’s hero as the on-loan striker emerged off the bench to score two goals in a precious 2-1 victory over relegation rivals Swansea City.
Introduced as a 63rd minute substitute, Niasse lit up what had been a dour contest till then, with a devastating late impact. Six minutes after coming on, he latched on to Abel Hernandez’s flick to put the Tigers in the lead, before adding a second with another clinical finish from Ahmed Elmohamady’s right-wing cross.
Defender Alfie Mawson grabbed a consolation for the Swans inside stoppage time but Marco Silva’s men hung on for three more enormous points at the KCOM Stadium.
In what was a potentially six-pointer tie for the two teams, Hull City managed to come out trumps and as a result moved one place higher into the eighteenth position and are one point below the relegation zone. Let’s see who was the stand-out player for Hull on an important day:
Made a string of impressive saves throughout the encounter to keep Swansea at bay, with two stops to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson in either halves standing out.
Manged to get forward and get in a few crosses into the box. Had his hands full dealing with Sigurdsson and the charging Martin Olsson, but did well for most parts of the game.
Solid at the back, the Italian dealt comfortably with whatever came his way. Distributed well from the back as well.
Absolutely majestic in the air. The 23-year old won all but one of his seven aerial duels and was strong in tackles as well. Maguire is growing in stature with every appearance.
Found himself with acres on space on the left-flank and got forward regularly throughout the game. Sent in some very dangerous crosses. Impressive outing for the full-back.
Booked for a scuffle with Olsson on the stroke of half-time. Gave away some cheap fouls and was dispossessed on a few occasions. Rightly taken off for Niasse.
Forced a good save from Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal. Booked not very long after, for a poor sliding challenge on Jack Cork. Pretty much dominated the middle areas of the pitch.
Won all his tackles, came close to opening the scoring for Hull in the first-half, but headed just over. An energetic performance in the midfield.
Struggled to get involved in the match for most of the first-half. Found it hard to get past his man and lost the ball on a few occasions. Booked for a lunge on Olsson. Replaced in the second-period. Ineffective display by the Liverpool loanee.
Isolated for most parts of the game. Found his mojo, post a switch of tactics after the hour mark. Struck up a good partnership with Niasse, setting up the opener.
Caused plenty of problems to Jordi Amat down the left-hand side. But the end product was missing on most occasions.
What an impact the loanee made! Came on for N’Diaye in the second half and opened the scoring with a lovely shot under Fabianski, before firing in a thumping strike to make it 2-0 for Hull. Turned the game on its head.
The Egyptian came on for Markovic with fifteen minutes left on the clock. Set up the second goal within minutes of taking the pitch, with a cross from the right side.
Replaced Abel Hernandez in the 81st minute as Marco Silva looked to shut shop. Not enough time to make any impact.