Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has cheekily apologised to the Hull City supporters at the MKM Stadium for substituting Jaden Philogene just after the hour mark.
The Tigers ran rampant over managerless Championship strugglers Rotherham United to move into the playoff spots after both Cardiff City and Preston North End were defeated against their respective opponents.
The Humberside club have now won three consecutive home games on the bounce for the first time in Rosenior’s stint in the dugout, with some key games coming up for the side, including bouts against Watford, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
Liverpool loanee Tyler Morton opened the scoring for the hosts on the night before summer signing Philogene put Hull City two goals to the good within the first ten minutes with a sensational backheel.
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Scott Twine bagged Hull’s third as Rosenior’s side went in at the break 3-0 up. Three minutes after the interval, former Aston Villa man Philogene scored his second of the game and wrapped up all three points for the Tigers.
Speaking about his side’s performance after the match, head coach Rosenior apologised to supporters for whipping Philogene off after 63 minutes, citing Saturday’s game at Watford as the sole reason [quotes via The Yorkshire Post]:
“I almost felt bad for the crowd to take him off but I need him fresh for Saturday.
“Jaden’s been top. All of the young players who’ve come here have shown their improvement but they’re showing they’re enjoying playing in this way and being at this club, which is brilliant.
“I’m loving working with not just him, all of the players.
“It’s not about just one individual, it’s about the group and I thought as a group our team performance was outstanding.”
Of course, Rosenior’s comments were tongue-in-cheek but while the fans may have wanted to see their star boy bag a hattrick, the game was wrapped up and the gaffer’s focus had already turned to this weekend’s clash.
Having arrived in the summer, Philogene has been utterly sensational, making his £5 million fee look cheap, having bagged six goals and recorded five assists in 12 Championship appearances. The 21-year-old could well be the man to drag Hull City back to the Premier League for the first time in six years if he carries on that form.