Report | Hull City 1 Swansea City 1

29th April 2023
First team
Luke Cundle Hull goal

Swansea City stretched their unbeaten run to eight games as Luke Cundle earned them a point against Hull City at the MKM Stadium.

The Swans had trailed early to a Ben Cabango own goal, but grew into the game and levelled when Cundle finished off a wonderful flowing move.

There was chances at both ends in the second half, but neither side could find a winner.

The result ends Swansea’s outside chances of reaching the play-offs, but continues a sequence of results that has made them the form team in the division over this closing period of the campaign.

Head coach Russell Martin had named an unchanged squad from that which had won so impressive at Norwich, with captain Matt Grimes making his 250th appearance in Swansea colours.

The visitors would have been looking to pick up where they left off at Carrow Road, but the Swans did not get the start they wanted.

A switch of play found Harry Vaughan in acres of space down the left, and he was able to get to the byline and deliver a ball into the box that Ozan Tufan met with an unfortunate deflection off Ben Cabango sending the ball beyond Andy Fisher.

Swansea looked to respond, Olivier Ntcham delivering two good balls into the box that were cleared by stretching Hull defenders.

Ryan Manning Hull

Ntcham was involved again when he picked out Jamie Paterson’s supporting run, with Jacob Greaves making an important block as the midfielder got his shot away.

But Hull continued to carry a threat with Vaughan sending Callum Elder into space only for the full-back’s ball to be behind any other black and amber shirts.

Fisher held a long-range drive from Adama Traore, while Joel Latibeaudiere headed a Ryan Manning cross over at the other end.

Liam Cullen had a pair of efforts blocked after Hull had half cleared a free-kick before Swansea equalised with a lovely goal.

Patient build-up created a pocket of space for Paterson, and he turned the ball round the corner into the stride of the oncoming Cundle, who bent the ball beyond Karl Darlow and into the far corner of the net.

It ensured the sides were level at the break, although it took a good defensive header from Manning seconds into the second half to deny Regan Slater a free header at the back post.

Luke Cundle Hull cele

Tufan then sent a free-kick into the side-netting as the hosts started the second period with purpose and energy, with Slater dragging an angled effort wide after breaking into space in midfield.

Swansea began to find their rhythm again, Darlow doing well to hold Cundle’s firm header from Manning’s driven cross.

Martin sent on Ollie Cooper for Paterson as the final 20 minutes approached, and the Wales international made an immediate impression as he drove through midfield to establish a period of Swansea pressure.

Hull found a way out and rattled the crossbar through Tufan with Fisher beaten as the game became ever more open.

Manning fizzed a ball across the face of goal as the Swans pressed for a late winner., but it was not to be.

Swansea City: Andy Fisher; Joel Latibeaudiere, Nathan Wood, Ben Cabango, Ryan Manning; Matt Grimes (captain), Olivier Ntcham (Morgan Whittaker 84), Luke Cundle, Jamie Paterson (Ollie Cooper 68); Liam Cullen (Cameron Congreve 84), Joel Piroe.

Unused Substitutes: Andreas Søndergaard, Harry Darling, Kyle Naughton, Matty Sorinola, Cameron Congreve.

Hull City: Karl Darlow, Lewie Coyle (captain), Callum Elder, Jacob Greaves, Alfie Jones, Ozan Tufan (Dimitrios Pelkas 77), Harry Vaughan (Ryan Woods 89), Adama Traore, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh Xavier Simons 73), Jean-Michael Seri (Greg Docherty 73), Regan Slater.

Unused Substitutes: Matt Ingram, Malcolm Ebiowei, Sean McLoughlin.