Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hull facing into the abyss as Swans seize on defeat

Hull City’s Harry Maguire goes to ground in the penalty area after a challenge by Sunderland’s Lamine Kone. Photo: PA News
Hull City’s Harry Maguire goes to ground in the penalty area after a challenge by Sunderland’s Lamine Kone. Photo: PA News

Bob Brennan

Relegation battlers Hull suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat against bottom club Sunderland as the fight to stay in the Premier League took another dramatic twist yesterday.

The Tigers were made to pay for failing to beat inspired Black Cats 'keeper Jordan Pickford when defender Billy Jones headed in from a corner after 69 minutes. Hull saw a penalty appeal turned away when Harry Maguire went down before Jermain Defoe knocked in a second during stoppage time - albeit from an offside position.

Captain Vincent Kompany celebrates scoring Manchester City’s second goal against Crystal Palace. Photo: Reuters
Captain Vincent Kompany celebrates scoring Manchester City’s second goal against Crystal Palace. Photo: Reuters

And to compound a miserable day for Hull, relegation rivals Swansea defeated Everton 1-0 in the evening kick-off to leapfrog the Tigers and climb out of the drop zone with just two games left in the season. Fernando Llorente headed home his 13th league goal of the season to put the Swans' destiny in their own hands.

Elsewhere, Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium to keep themselves on course to finish in the top four. David Silva got the opening goal after just two minutes. Vincent Kompany doubled City's lead after 49 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne swept in a third before the hour, with Raheem Sterling adding a fourth goal with eight minutes left before a late header from Nicolas Otamendi completed the rout. City move above Liverpool on goal difference although the Reds will be in action again today against Southampton.

Bournemouth picked up the point which secured their Premier League status with a 2-2 draw against Stoke at the Vitality Stadium. The Potters broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when Bournemouth forward Lys Mousset deflected a corner into his own net. Junior Stanislas had the Cherries level on 62 minutes. Stoke were back in front after 73 minutes through Mame Biram Diouf, but Joshua King's shot deflected in off Ryan Shawcross with nine minutes left.

West Brom ended their goal drought with a 2-2 draw at Burnley. Sam Vokes fired the Clarets in front on 56 minutes. Salomon Rondon equalised in the 65th minute and Craig Dawson headed in a corner with 12 minutes left. However, the home side secured a share of the points on 85 minutes through Vokes.

Leicester beat Watford 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

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