Swansea leapfrog Hull in relegation battle

Paola Ditto
Mag 10, 2017

Swansea was the big victor on Saturday as the fight to stay in the world's richest domestic league took more twists across three back-to-back games. West Brom's form has gone to pieces since they surpassed 40 points, and they've failed to win their last six games which will be music to Swansea's ears.

Hull dropped into the relegation zone after Swansea beat Everton 1-0 later on Saturday to move one point above the Tigers.

As pleasing as it was to finally get a win, just our second of 2017, Saturday's 2-0 victory at Hull was also a stark reminder of the irritants and frustrations that have gone before.

They have taken 19 points from a possible 21 at home since Marco Silva's arrival in January.

Then on 57 minutes Pickford came to the rescue with a brilliant tip-over from Markovic's header.

The nervy home crowd provided an atmosphere more of hope rather than expectation from nearly the first whistle, and that pretty much turned to resignation after Jones put Sunderland ahead. I am very happy because this win is so important.

Fabio Borini fired a shot over the bar for Sunderland inside 60 seconds and George Honeyman headed a good chance wide as the visitors made a bright start.

Hope for Sunderland's rebuilding process?

Whatever division Swansea find themselves in next year they should look to retain the service of Kyle Bartley, who has spent the season on-loan in the Championship with Leeds United.

"I know what needs to be done to get back in the Premier League and I know what the requirements are to do that".

They've endured the trials and tribulations of this season and deserve a little something back. Moyes says he will be.

"After being relegated, players have to stand up and show some pride for the club, and today they have done that", said Moyes. "We need to be calm in some moments", Silva said. He makes saves and comes for crosses and has saved us points throughout the season. "It'll certainly not be a cheap price if anyone wants Jordan Pickford".

The 25-year old has made 49 appearances at Elland Road, which could become 50 if he features in Leeds' final game of the season on Sunday.

Clearly, Manquillo has plenty of potential, his composure in possession, intelligent positioning and ability to get forward and support the attack ensuring that Atletico boss Diego Simeone remains patient and seemingly unwilling to sell.

Moyes remains confident Pickford will not leave - warning potential suitors that would have "to pay the price".

From being in a position to plot their own destiny, Hull have been left to rely on the benevolence of others, just as Sunderland supplied Swansea a huge favour.

"I think the result was coming and it was too late to help us with relegation, but I think the performance was good".

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