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Hull eased their fears of relegation from the Premier League as George Boyd's header earned a 1-0 home win against Swansea on Saturday.
George Boyd's Header Eases Hull's Relegation Fears
04/05/2014
 
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Hull eased their fears of relegation from the Premier League as George Boyd's header earned a 1-0 home win against Swansea on Saturday.


Steve Bruce's team moved nine points clear of the bottom three after Boyd bagged the winner in the first half at the KC Stadium.


The Tigers will play in their first FA Cup semi-final since 1930 when they take on Sheffield United at Wembley next weekend and will do so with their top-flight status almost certainly assured.


With five league games remaining it therefore appears unlikely Hull will be caught, even if they do have a tough run-in that includes matches against Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.


Swansea are six points above the bottom three and can't be certain of survival just yet after their 11th successive away league game without a win. 


With Wembley in mind, Bruce exercised caution in his team selection, resting key midfielder Tom Huddlestone due to a slight back strain. Alex Bruce also missed out with Boyd and Maynor Figueroa slotting into a switched 4-4-2 formation.


The hosts were quickly into their stride and Shane Long ran on to Figueroa's perfectly-weighted cross to the back post, only for Michel Vorm to turn his side-footed volley wide.

"With five league games remaining it therefore appears unlikely Hull will be caught, even if they do have a tough run-in that includes matches against Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton."

Hull had most of the initial possession but Swansea were a threat on the break and Jonathan De Guzman should have at least tested home goalkeeper Steve Harper when released on goal.


Bruce's men were back on the attack when Curtis Davies headed an Ahmed Elmohamady cross wide.

Hull's perseverance paid off after 39 minutes thanks to a lovely Liam Rosenior cross from the right.


Rosenior's delivery to the back post was set up for Boyd to jump over a static Angel Rangel and the Hull midfielder did so easily before directing his header past Vorm.


Swansea were more dangerous in the second half and Jonjo Shelvey shot straight at Harper.


Wayne Routledge then outmuscled Figueroa and played a pass across for Nathan Dyer who screwed his shot horribly when he had plenty of time.


Wilfried Bony stabbed over when Shelvey played him behind the defence and then was almost given a tap-in by some sloppy home defending only for Harper to recover the loose ball.

Source: AFP.com
 
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