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Graham respect for Swansea

Hull City striker Danny Graham acknowledged he wanted to 'go crazy' after scoring his first Premier League goal in almost 12 months in a 1-1 draw against former club Swansea City.

Graham left Swansea for Sunderland in the January transfer window, but failed to score in 13 appearances on Wearside in the second half of last season.

He had also failed to score in his opening 13 games for Hull following his summer loan switch, but ended his goal drought by converting Ahmed Elmohamady's first-half cross.

Graham offered a muted celebration and was also touched by the reception he received from Swansea fans after being substituted in the second half.

"It's been a long time coming the goal," Graham told Sky Sports.

"We had to work hard and we knew it was going to be tough. They keep the ball well and we set out with a shape that we thought would frustrate them and then hit them on the counter-attack, and that seemed to work.

"I wanted to go crazy. I had a great relationship and great times down here in south Wales, and it was always the case that, if I scored, I wasn't going to celebrate.

"It was very touching (the reception) and very nice, and I'd like to thank them for that. It was nice they showed the appreciation when I came off."

Elmohamady, who was named man of the match at the Liberty Stadium, was happy to see Graham score his first goal for Hull.

He said: "First, I have to congratulate him as it's been a long time for him. He works very, very hard in the games and in training as well.

"He's on the scoresheet again and it's very good for him, and very important for the team."