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Five things we learned after Swansea City's Premier League defeat to Hull

By Sport_Steve  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

Pablo Hernandez impressed from the bench at Hull.

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1. Swansea cannot afford to relax just yet.

Though no-one claimed Premier League safety had been secured after the 3-0 victory over Norwich eight days ago, a wave of relief swept the Liberty and supporters left confident they would again be watching top flight football next season. But a reminder of the ongoing danger arrived at Hull as Swansea lost, while several of their rivals won.

2. Distance is no obstacle to Swansea supporters

Despite it being nearly a 600-mile round trip from Swansea to the KC Stadium, around 1,000 fans travelled from South Wales to Humberside. That is a special effort considering the team have been struggling on the road of late. The Jack Army made themselves heard behind the goal and stayed with the team regardless of the result.

3. Swansea’s options from the bench are improving

With Kyle Bartley now back in contention after injury, Garry Monk has a fully fit squad to choose from. That could be crucial at this stage of the season. The head coach brought Pablo Hernandez on for the largely ineffective Michu at Hull on Saturday and the former Valencia man made an impact. He was lively in and around the box as Swansea looked more threatening late on.

4. Cardiff look doomed

The Bluebirds were looking to build on a morale-boosting point, secured with an injury-time equaliser at West Brom but ended up well beaten by Crystal Palace, another team in the relegation mix. The result leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side second from bottom in the table, and the former Manchester United striker insisting they “need a miracle” to stay up.

5. Norwich might also be in trouble.

After losing at home to West Brom on Saturday, Chris Hughton’s side are just a place outside the bottom three. Next they face a crunch match at Fulham, who sit a position beneath them and will be buoyed by a surprise win over Aston Villa. Fail to win that and the situation appears hairy as the Canaries finish the season with matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

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