Travel continues to trouble Hull, admits boss Marco Silva after Stoke defeat

  • Travel continues to trouble Hull, admits boss Marco Silva after Stoke defeat

Travel continues to trouble Hull, admits boss Marco Silva after Stoke defeat

They must still visit Southampton and Crystal Palace in their run-in, though, and Silva admits a 16-game winless sequence away from home in the Premier League dating back to August could be impacting his squad.

HULL CITY'S desperate away form continued on an afternoon when respite did, at least, come via relegation rivals Swansea City also losing.

Silva will assess the fitness of key defender Harry Maguire, who remains doubtful due to a knee injury which kept him out of last week's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City, despite returning to training on Wednesday.

Mbokani and Elmohamady came on as late substitutes for the Tigers, but there was no turning of the tide with Silva's side beaten, leaving them two points clear of the relegation zone.

Six minutes after the restart, Maguire made amends for that miss by firing in at the far post after Stoke had been unable to clear a Sam Clucas cross that followed a short corner. Hull will have to look for the points they need for survival at home, but they probably knew that anyway. We had a lot of chances like Stoke; they scored and we didn't score.

Harry Maguire levelled for Hull just after the break but Hughes' double substitution of Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch hurt the Tigers.

The Swiss fired into the top corner from 30 yards (meters) with 10 minutes remaining.

And incredibly, each of Shaqiri's last five strikes in the Premier League have all been scored from outside of the box, making the "Alpine Messi" one of the most risky players from distance in the country.

Hernandez has scored only five goals this season with surgery to resolve a hernia problem at the end of past year and a torn a hamstring in February restricting him to 26 appearances. Maguire's distribution was particularly eye-catching, Lazar Markovic and Kamil Grosicki were willing runners on the flanks and one pass from Alfred N'Diaye towards the end of the first half might have brought an equaliser, but for Grosicki electing to cross rather than shoot.

Mark Hughes' second-half substitutions pay dividends - A section of Stoke fans have become increasingly frustrated with the Welshman after a horrendous run of results but even the harshest critic has to take their hat off to the Potters' boss today.

Walters' header from Arnautovic's cross was brilliantly kept out by Eldin Jakupovic and Crouch could not contort his body into a position to fire the rebound on target.