Championship boss pays Coventry City gushing Man United compliment

A frustrated Liam Rosenior was forced to watch Hull beat Coventry City 3-2 from the stands at the CBS Arena - but shrugged off a touchline ban to deliver his verdict on opposition boss Mark Robins.

Goals from Kasey Palmer and Bobby Thomas saw the Sky Blues twice come from behind after Jaden Philogene and Fabio Carvalho had put the visitors ahead, only for Noah Ohio to seize on a loose back pass to snatch all three points for the Tigers.

Defeat leaves Coventry’s play-off hopes hanging by a thread while Hull’s 11th away win of the season leaves Rosenior’s men three points off the top six with two games to play.

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He was forced to watch the game from the stands after picking up a third booking of the season at Watford on Saturday, but was magnanimous enough to praise Robins and the Sky Blues for their efforts in taking Manchester United to extra time and penalties in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

He said: “Every time I come up against Mark’s team or I’ve seen Mark’s teams over the years, I think he’s an outstanding manager, and Coventry City were a credit to the Championship on Sunday.

“I also thought today’s game was a credit to the Championship, played by two excellent teams. The lads found a way.

“There was everything I want to see from my team in terms of possession, dominance, control, our technical play. We showed resilience and grit and determination to get the job done.

“There was a real selflessness about my group today regardless of who started and who was on the bench and we’re going to need everyone between now and the end of the season.”

To get in the top six, Coventry will need to beat Blackburn, Ipswich and QPR in their final three games while hoping Norwich and West Brom lose both of theirs, and that Hull lose at least one as well.

The Tigers are next in action on Saturday when they host title hopefuls Ipswich Town (8pm kick-off) before finishing on May 4 with a trip to relegation-threatened Plymouth Argyle (12.30pm kick-off).

Rosenior's ire at the FA, PGMOL and his touchline ban was apparent after the game. He told Hull Live: “I got booked on Saturday, which was my third booking of the season. We then got a report through from the referees’ association saying I shouldn't have been booked, but I can't appeal it, so I didn't get to stand on the touchline with my team. I'm not happy, to say the least.”

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