The Sunday Post (Dundee)
SWANSEA CITY 0 HULL CITY 2 Maloney (79), Hernandez (90)
HULL CITY recorded a second straight Premier League victory as a 2-0 win condemned Swansea to a first home defeat since February.
Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez struck in the final 12 minutes as the Tigers built on their surprise opening-day victory over champions Leicester City.
Scotland forward Maloney had only been on the pitch six minutes when Curtis Davies flicked on Robert Snodgrass’ 78th-minute corner and he finished from close range for only his second Hull goal.
Hernandez then wrapped up the three points in stoppage time as the Swans were punished on the break.
Swansea had also won their first game at Burnley, but they ran out of ideas at the Liberty Stadium after a promising opening when Modou Barrow’s pace had posed problems.
Until Maloney’s goal, it looked as if the main talking point would be referee Stuart Attwell turning down three genuine penalty claims – two from Swansea and one for the visiting side.
Barrow appeared to be taken out by Tigers defender Andrew Robertson after 14 minutes, even though the Swansea winger was running out of room in the penalty area.
Five minutes later, Leroy Fer fired at goal but Tom Huddlestone came in late and made contact with the Swansea midfielder after the ball had gone.
The hosts might have had cause to feel aggrieved that their claims were ignored on both occasions but Hull seemed to have a more cast-iron case four minutes before the break.
Scot Snodgrass’ run across the area was ended by Jordi Amat’s sliding tackle but again Attwell waved play on even though the Spaniard appeared to make no contact with the ball.
The match was watched by Americans Jason Levien and Stephen Kaplan, who completed their takeover of Swansea in July.