Ki Sung-Yueng’s fortuitous goal was enough to give Swansea a Premier League win over Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Hull threatened to equalise when Andrew Robertson drove against the crossbar but the Swans squandered further chances and twice struck the woodwork.
The victory moves Swansea up to eighth and leaves Hull, who are without a win in 10 games, second from bottom.
Swansea have given away 16 points from leading positions this season and they may have feared a repeat when Robertson rattled keeper Lukasz Fabianski’s crossbar with a dipping strike just minutes later.
See below what both managers had to share:
Hull manager Steve Bruce:
“There are no excuses, there was nothing in it in the first half. But the deflected goal sent us backwards. In the second half we got what we deserved – which was nothing. We have to be bigger and better all around the pitch. “This afternoon, the more we tried the worse we got. Swansea didn’t have to do too much to win the game and we didn’t do enough.
“It would have been a soft penalty [at the end of the game] if we had got it but we need something to fall for us. We need a shot deflected in like Swansea’s to turn us around a bit. “There is always scrutiny on Premier League managers and if you go six, seven, eight weeks without a victory then it is your turn. But you go on. We need something to turn for us and I’m still convinced we will be okay.”
Swansea manager Garry Monk:
“We defended extremely well and I can’t really remember them having a clear-cut chance. “It was always going to be tough to get the flowing football we wanted but when you look at the chances we created we could have had a few more goals. Three points is the most important thing.
“We have to push on, we have been in the top half all season. We must keep improving and cement ourselves in amongst it. “We don’t want to be looking over our shoulders, but hunting the teams in front of us.”