Hull boss Steve Bruce bemoaned the absence of his top players as the Tigers' winless streak stretched to 10 matches in Saturday's loss to Swansea.
Things are becoming increasingly bleak for Hull, who have have not scored in seven of those 10 games.
Lying second bottom, they are also battling a player shortage, with Jake Livermore's fifth yellow card ruling him out of the Boxing Day trip to Sunderland and defenders Curtis Davies and Alex Bruce limping off.
With Michael Dawson, Mohamed Diame and...
Ki Sung-yueng was the unwitting match-winner as Swansea returned to winning ways at the expense of a Hull side who look set for a long, hard relegation battle.
The visitors scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute when South Korean midfielder Ki attempted to turn his back on Jonjo Shelvey's shot and instead succeeded in diverting past Allan McGregor with his lower arm.
While that represented a considerable slice of luck, it was no less than the visitors deserved, Shelvey hitting the post...
Faced with the prospect of hammering out a match preview for Saturday afternoon's fairly nondescript Premier League fixture between Hull and Swansea City, BBC commentator Alistair Mann decided to jazz things up a bit.
Mann cobbled together a wonderfully impressive 30-line poem to set the scene for the game at the KC Stadium.
Why, it even rhymes and everything! Here's Mann's masterful work in full:
"Back in April, all was well, the Tigers roar was loud,
The Swans they left defeated, the home fans'...