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Graham admits he had to respect Swansea after breaking Hull drought

Danny Graham has revealed that he wanted to celebrate madly after scoring his first Premier League goal in almost a year on Monday night.

The Sunderland striker, on loan at Hull City, scored the opening goal in the Tigers' eventual draw with former club Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Graham had not netted in the league since New Year's day this year when with the Swans and admitted that he had to show the Welsh club respect despite ending his barren run.

"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."

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