Reds the most dif­fi­cult test so far, says Pulis

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

Hull City man­ager Mike Phe­lan said he was re­lieved to see mid­fielder Robert Snodgrass and for­ward Dieumerci Mbokani emerge un­scathed from Sun­day’s 2-1 win over Southamp­ton af­ter in­juries forced him into bring­ing them on. Both the play­ers were com­ing back from in­jury, and Phe­lan said he would not have sent them on if Hull did not have to make two first-half sub­sti­tu­tions.

Hull, who had not won in the Pre­mier League since the open­ing day of the sea­son, started badly, con­ced­ing a penalty that Char­lie Austin con­verted in the sixth-minute. “There’s al­ways a sense of ‘here we go again’ when you have a start to the game like we did, and then los­ing two play­ers to in­jury forced our hand into putting Snodgrass and Mbokani out there early,” Phe­lan said. Mbokani (ham­string), has not played since Oct. 1, and came on less than 10 min­utes into the match af­ter for­ward Abel Her­nan­dez was forced off with a groin in­jury. Snodgrass (an­kle) missed Hull’s last match against Wat­ford and re­placed Will Keane mid­way through the half af­ter the 23-year-old in­jured his knee, scor­ing to draw Hull level be­fore as­sist­ing Michael Daw­son’s win­ner.

“Nei­ther of them had done much in terms of train­ing lead­ing up to the game be­cause of their own pre­vi­ous in­jury prob­lems and it was a risk putting them out there so early,” Phe­lan added. The win is Phe­lan’s first since he was given the Hull job per­ma­nently.

Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass cel­e­brates scor­ing the first goal of the English Pre­mier League against Southamp­ton

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