Mike Phelan praises Hull’s courage


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Hull boss Mike Phelan has praised the courage of his side following their EFL Cup quarter-final win over Newcastle on Tuesday night.

The Tigers secured their place in the last four with a penalty shoot-out success over their Championship opponents after the match had finished 1-1 after 120 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull City had to play a large proportion of the match with 10 men after forward Dieumerci Mbokani was sent off while they also battled back from falling behind during extra-time, with Robert Snodgrass scoring the equaliser.

Phelan admitted after the match that it had been a difficult night for his players. “We played against adversity at times, but we came through,” the 54-year-old said.

“We came from behind again and that is something we seem to have in our locker at the moment, although we’d rather not have to do it.

“We showed tremendous courage and spirit throughout against a very good Newcastle team that are serious contenders for promotion back to the Premier League.

“We’ve put in an exceptional performance under a lot of stress. Ten men, extra-time and penalties, we’ve gone through the lot.”

Hull will now be looking to replicate their cup form in the Premier League, as they are currently in the relegation zone following a run of one win in their last 11 top-flight games.

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to the Riverside Stadium to take on Middlesbrough on Monday and they are priced at 4.75 to win the match. The hosts are available at 1.80 and the draw is on offer at 3.50.

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