A victory was needed over Swansea City and a the perfect substitution of bringing on Oumar Niasse by manager Marco Silva certainly paid off. The switch was made and it took the striker, on loan from Everton just six minutes to make his mark.
Until this point the game, with a win vital for City’s Premier League survival hopes, had a 0-0 draw written all over it. The only real chance fell to Swans striker Wayne Routledge but who skied the ball over the bar when he should have scored.
Swansea, under their own new boss Paul Clement, were looking to avenge the early season defeat by the Tigers at the Liberty Stadium. It wasn’t to be as Niasse came on for Alfred N’Diaye to join Abel Hernandez up front and it paid off.
A one-two with Hernandez saw the Senegalese striker through on goal and he coolly slotted the ball past the onrushing Fabianski. The Swans strike force of Lorente saw him substituted at the break due to injury but this didn’t worry City.
Nine minutes after scoring the first the substitute hit the back of the net again for a 2-0 lead when he fired home from close range from an Ahmed Elmohamady cross. The striker took the man of the match but a late Alfie Mawson goal saw the Tigers needing to hang on.
Next week sees the trip to Niasse’s parent club Everton, a game which he is ineligible for so City will have to depend on other avenues. They stay a point from safety but with some telling games at home to come in their bid for survival.