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Hull City managed to record a vital 2-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday, but manager Marco Silva is under no illusions about the pitch’s state.

The prior evening, Hull FC had beaten St Helens in an ill-tempered rugby league bout at the KCOM Stadium, leaving the turf torn up by the heavy-set brutes and the metre lines hurriedly coloured green to avoid confusion when the football kicked off.

“There’s so many things the club needs to improve,” Silva, who’s previously overseen Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos, told BBC Sport.

“One team plays rugby on the Friday and then we play – for me, it’s impossible at this level. I’ve said this to our board. It’s impossible.”

He added: “Any kind of game, never mind a rugby league game, the night before a Premier League game, in my opinion that’s not right.”

On this day, the poor pitch conditions shouldn’t have represented a disadvantage for either side, with Swansea sharing its Liberty Stadium with the Ospreys rugby union club.

A second-half brace from substitute Oumar Niasse was enough to take all three points in the weekend squabble, and put the Tigers to within a point of clawing their way out of the relegation zone. The result also ended a winless run of three matches, ahead of a difficult trip to in-form Everton next Saturday.

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