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Hull City 0-1 Swansea City: Tigers blanked at home to stay in danger of drop

Hull City v Swansea City - Premier League

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Ki Sung-Yueng of Swansea City celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mates Jonjo Shelvey and Bafi Gomis during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Swansea City at KC Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Hull, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

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Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng made sure Hull remains in the drop zone, as a dull match’s only goal came off an early deflection at the KC Stadium.

Shelvey’s hard shot hit Ki in the 15th minute to send Swansea within four points of No. 5 Southampton, while Steve Bruce’s Tigers have just 13 points.

That keeps Hull three points from safety.

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Swansea struck first in the sort of fashion Hull fans are expecting this season, as Shelvey’s shot took a right turn off of Ki and boundd past McGregor to make it 1-0.

Other than that, the first 45 minutes were far from remarkable. The teams put just two shots total on target, and 12 fouls were called.

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Swansea picked up a 26-yard free kick in the 66th minute, and Shelvey lined it up. The Englishman could not do much with the opportunity.

Lineups

Hull City: McGregor, Bruce (Aluko, 59'), Chester, Davies (Maguire, 77'), Meyler, Livermore, Robertson, Elmohamady, Hernandez, Ramirez, Jelavic (Sagbo, 81')

Swansea City: Fabianski, Richards (Rangel, 81'), Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki, Carroll (Emnes, 57'), Shelvey, Dyer, Routledge, Gomis (Bony, 76')

Goal: Ki (15')

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