Swansea vs Hull match report: Bafetimbi Gomis scores a double to leave 10-man Tigers staring down at doom

Swansea 3 Hull 1: Hull are now just three points above the relegation zone

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Shifting a few pounds is the least of Steve Bruce’s worries after  10-man Hull had their relegation fears compounded by defeat at Swansea.

Bruce promised his wife, Janet, he would go on a diet after unflattering snaps of him on a Barbados beach this week.

But it was his players who bellyflopped in a flat first half in south Wales to leave them three points above the drop zone.

Goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Bafetimbi Gomis put the Swans in control, and Hull’s hopes of a comeback after Paul McShane’s effort were all but ended when David Meyler was sent off for a reckless lunge which left Swansea defender Kyle Naughton heading to hospital for an X-ray on his ankle.

But Bruce was fuming, saying:  “I’ve seen David’s tackle six times and from three angles and to me it’s a perfectly decent challenge. He takes part of the ball and the leg collides with the boy. We may as well say with these grey areas that you are not allowed to tackle on the floor.

“We were nowhere near good enough in the first half but two big decisions went against us because Gomis was five yards offside for their second goal.”

Swansea celebrate after Ki Sung-Yeung opens the scoring

Bafetimbi Gomis' shot goes above the head of Allan McGregor

Hull fell behind when Allan McGregor parried Jonjo Shelvey’s strike to Ki, and the deficit doubled when Alex Bruce and Robbie Brady botched a clearance to play Gomis onside for him to finish spectacularly.

McShane tapped home a Bruce flick to give the visitors hope, but once Meyler flew into Naughton with his studs raised, there was little prospect of a comeback, with Gomis lofting Swansea’s third over McGregor.

The Swansea manager, Garry Monk, said: “Kyle has gone for an X-ray. There was no malice but if you have your foot high, you run that risk.”

Bafetimbi Gomis peels away after scoring an acrobatic second

David Meyler is shown a straight red card

Kyle Naughton was forced off the pitch after David Meyler's tackle

Swansea City: (4-4-1-1) Fabianski; Naughton (Rangel, 56), Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Cork (Dyer, 65), Ki, Shelvey (Grimes, 90), Sigurdsson; Routledge; Gomis.

Hull City: (3-5-2) McGregor; Dawson, Bruce (Diame, 70), McShane; Elmohamady, Meyler, Livermore, Ramirez (Quinn, 30), Brady; Hernandez (Aluko, 81), N’Doye.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Man of the match: Gomis (Swansea)

Match rating: 6/10