Hourihane’s free kick somehow managed to earn 10 man Swansea a point against fellow automatic promotion hopefuls Brentford.
It was a game in which Thomas Frank will be wondering how his side have not left the Liberty stadium with 3 points.
From the first minute, Brentford dominated possession and Swansea seemed happy to let their opponents have the ball. It was a cagey start with neither side really creating many chances, although Brentford’s long diagonal balls did seem to cause a few problems for the Swans.
It was one of these balls from Mads Bach that freed Rico Henry down the left hand side, but he fired wide from a tough angle.
Swansea’s first half chance came shortly after, with Connor Roberts playing an inviting ball in across the box to nobody’s avail.
Kyle Naughton then soon picked up his first yellow for bringing down Josh Dasilva in the middle of the park, a decision that was later come back to haunt him.
Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe really struggled to impose themselves on the game, with Brentford pushing high and suffocating the Swans of any real time and space. It was a 45 minutes that can happily be forgot about for both teams.
Half Time: Swansea 0 – 0 Brentford
The second half repeated much of the first, but this time with more end product at both ends.
The pivotal moment came when the experienced Kyle Naughton left a late foot on Jensen, who made the most of the challenge to ensure Naughton saw red.
With all the one way traffic Frank took off Bryan Mbeumo and bought on Tariqe Fosu which proved to be the breakthrough for Brentford.
Minutes later a cross into the box was met by Fosu who guided it past Woodman and ensured Swansea conceded from a cross for the first time this season.
It seemed a defeat was inevitable for Steve Cooper’s men, but then in the 78th minute the game changed. A delicious delivery from Hourihane evaded everyone and hit the back of the net to everybody’s surprise.
The Swans were jubilant, and Cooper held back any further subs if there were any. It was then backs against the wall again as they continued to weather the Brentford storm.
Arguably the Championship’s best centre half, Marc Guehi then denied Toney with a superb body on the line clearance.
But it was a repeat of the game last October as both teams shared the spoils and Swansea moved back up into the automatic promotion spots.
MOTM: Marc Guehi
Full Time: Swansea 1 – 1 Brentford