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Hernandez hits double to hoist Tigers off foot of Premier League table

Hull City 3 Bournemouth 1

By Mark Walker

Hull striker Abel Hernandez put the emphasis on his side's Premier League survival fight rather than personal glory after his double helped sink Bournemouth 3-1.

Hernandez has breathed life back into the Tigers' season since returning from a two-month lay-off following hernia surgery three games ago.

He marked his comeback with a goal in Hull's 2-0 FA Cup win against Swansea last week and sparked a deserved fightback against Bournemouth in Marco Silva's first league game in charge.

The Uruguay international headed an equaliser after Hull had fallen behind to Cherries winger Junior Stanislas' penalty and rammed home an excellent second soon after half-time before Tyrone Mings' own goal sealed a first league victory since November 6.

"It was a good win and a good performance and so we can look forward now," Hernandez said after his side had climbed off the foot of the table.

"I am happy to score two very good goals, but the most important thing was that the team got a win, so I am very happy."

Silva has had little time to work with his players since replacing Mike Phelan just nine days before the Tigers exacted revenge on Bournemouth following their humiliating 6-1 defeat on the south coast in October.

The Portuguese has been encouraged by what he has seen so far, but insists there is still plenty of work to do.

"We need to improve a lot. It's not small things," Silva said.

"We need to continue improving because it is different ideas, a different style of game, different style in training. We need to improve a lot."

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