Swansea City 0-2 Hull City: Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez strike Phelan’s men to second win

Hull City's Shaun Maloney celebrates scoring with teammates during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea (Photo: PA)

Hull City's Shaun Maloney celebrates scoring with teammates during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea (Photo: PA)

  • Shaun Maloney puts Hull ahead shortly into the second half
  • Abel Hernandez seals a second successive win for Mike Phelan’s men
  • Hull join Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea on six points
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HULL CITY join Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea on a maximum six points at the top of the Premier League after another stunning victory.

Goals from Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez capped another remarkable effort from a squad that is down to the bare bones.

City made the breakthrough 11 minutes from time when Maloney nudged the ball over the line with his hip after Curtis Davies had flicked a Snodgrass corner into the substitute’s path,

It came moments after Davies’ header had taken a deflection before looping against the crossbar as Hull once again made a mockery of being comfortably the smallest squad to start a Premier League season.

City have just 13 fit senior players, two of which are goalkeepers, and yet they have claimed six points from two games.

It is an incredible effort and one that Mike Phelan has inspired since assuming temporary charge following Steve Bruce’s shock resignation.

Hull City's Shaun Maloney wheel away after scoring Hull's first at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea (Photo: PA)

Hull City's Shaun Maloney wheel away after scoring Hull's first at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea (Photo: PA)

As with Leicester last week, the 53-year-old devised a gameplan that involved playing on the counter-attack against a home side that was always going to dominate possession.

The ploy worked well, with City having plenty of chances of their own despite putting in an almighty defensive shift.

No wonder the travelling fans were chanting ‘we want Phelan in’ at the final whistle as the players celebrated on the pitch.

City’s win was not without its nervous moments, never more so than in the early stages when Eldin Jakupovic brilliantly finger-tipped a Gylfi Sigurdsson on to the crossbar.

Mike Phelan has overseen two wins out of two as Hull caretaker boss (Photo: PA)

Mike Phelan has overseen two wins out of two as Hull caretaker boss (Photo: PA)

Along with Jakupovic’s save, the hosts also went close through Jordi Amat, Wayne Routledge and Federico Llorente before the break.

Llorente also headed over when presented with a great chance by Modou Barrow just before the interval.

Hull, despite being penned back for long periods, posed plenty of threat on the break and Adama Diomande really should have done better than fire wide after a swift counter-attack.

Abel Hernandez also had a chance after good work from Tom Huddlestone but the Swans defence just did enough to crowd the Uruguayan out.

City had a penalty appeal on 40 minutes when Jordi Amat tripped Robert Snodgrass but referee Stuart Attwell waved play on. Replays showed there was a foul but it came just outside the penalty area.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the opening 45 minutes with the hosts dominating possession but Hull standing firm.

The Tigers also posed a threat going forward and Robert Snodgrass was found by Andrew Robertson only for the Scot’s show was deflected behind for a corner.

At the other end, Robertson pulled a brilliant block to deny Routledge as he tried to turn in a wayward shot from Barrow.

Then, after Davies’ header had been deflected on to the crossbar, Maloney struck. Abel Hernandez then had a great chance to settle matters when played clear by Tom Huddlestone but Lukasz Fabianski.

It was a fine save but the Uruguayan would not be denied and after being involved in a sweeping move with Snodgrass and Maloney, he fired in to send the travelling fans into raptures.

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