Liam Rosenior lays out Hull City squad demand after Swansea City no-show
The Tigers’ frustrating inconsistency showed itself once more on Saturday
Hull City boss Liam Rosenior has demanded a response from his side at Rotherham United on Tuesday night after Saturday’s below-par showing against Swansea.
City delivered one of their poorest displays of the season to lose 1-0 at home to the Welsh outfit, a result which saw the Tigers drop to seventh in the table having started the day inside the top six, two points adrift of Sunderland.
The game was another opportunity for City to win three games on the spin for the first time under Rosenior, but it never looked like from the moment Liam Cullen cleverly turned in Josh Tymon’s corner after just 11 minutes, capping a lacklustre start from the Tigers.
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Rosenior’s men rarely looked like getting back into the game, and were subjected to boos of frustration at full-time. But City don’t have long to wait to try and put it right. City will be backed by a sold-out following at the New York Stadium on Tuesday night. And against the Millers, who were thumped 3-0 at Leeds on Saturday, Rosenior is demanding a response.
“I’m tired of saying it because I’ve said it a lot of times this season, but I’ll be honest and I keep hoping that we learn,” he said of the below-par, error-strewn display. “I’m responsible for everything that happens at this football club in terms of the football.
“If you ask the players, what I spoke to them about before the game, it was about detail, marking on set plays, making sure on restarts that we’re in the right place. All of those things add up to a poor performance.
“There’s a lot of analysis that needs to happen, the players included and then we make sure we put it right on Tuesday.”
When asked by Hull Live what was said to the players during an extended conversation in the home dressing room after the game, Rosenior said he gave his honest assessment.
“I told them honestly, I always try to be as honest as possible,” he said. “There’s been times when we’ve won and I’ve not been happy with the performance. There’s been times when we’ve lost and I’ve been happy with the performance. We lost and I was unhappy with the performance and I told them that and I told them what we need to improve on.
“We have to bounce back from the setback. This is the Championship. We’re still in a really, really good position to achieve what we want to achieve, but we need to learn on the job and make sure we’re right on Tuesday.”