Hull, Swansea win to lift survival hopes, Boro sink deeper

Victory keeps Hull two points above the drop zone, as relegation rivals Swansea City also won on Saturday, with Silva hailing the importance of his side's win.

Thanks to second-half goals from Lazar Markovic and the excellent Sam Clucas, Hull kept their noses in front of Swansea City, staying 17th at the end of an afternoon that started less than auspiciously for a manager who has now not lost a home fixture in England, Greece or his native Portugal for more than three years. The Tigers have won six of their seven home league games under Silva, whose own unbeaten home league run as a head coach now stands at 41 matches, going back through his spells at Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos.

"As far as I am concerned I will be here 100 percent next season", Mazzarri told media before the clash against Hull City.

Fernando Llorente headed in Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross after just 10 minutes and Swansea got the stroke of luck they needed 20 minutes from time when Marko Arnautovic blazed over a penalty.

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"I don't want to talk about this situation and I respect the referee and officials, but this is not the first time that something like this has happened", Silva added.

"We made silly mistakes and it was one of those games where if we didn't win, we should have at least drawn and that makes me really angry", Mazzarri said.

"We weren't very lucky with injuries and despite all this we are 10th. I don't know what the future is".

The day's other match saw West Ham eke out a tedious 0-0 draw with Everton - the point should be enough to ensure the Hammers remain in the elite next season while Everton moved above Arsenal into sixth spot although they have played three games more than the Gunners.

"Not good enough", Deeney said. "It's just not about this season, it's about next season". "We just thought we could play some tiki-taka football against a team fighting for their lives. Even at my age, it's no different, I want to be at the highest level for as long as possible, and we're all striving for that".

  • Julie Sanders