Liam Rosenior details tears in Hull City dressing room after missing out on play-offs

Jacob Greaves of Hull City applauds fans at Home Park after the Tigers' 1-0 loss -Credit:Benjamin Gilbert/Focus Images Ltd
Jacob Greaves of Hull City applauds fans at Home Park after the Tigers' 1-0 loss -Credit:Benjamin Gilbert/Focus Images Ltd

Hull City head coach Liam Rosenior admits there were tears inside the Hull City dressing room after their 1-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday ended their campaign.

City came into the game knowing there was a slim chance of gatecrashing the play-offs but West Brom's convincing 3-0 win over Preston North End ended those chances anyway, but Rosenior's side never got going.

Plymouth, who knew they would survive if they avoided defeat, were full value for the lead given to them after 40 minutes when skipper Joe Edwards headed in the net. Their deserved victory was greeted by a mass pitch invasion at full-time.

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For City, they're left to reflect on a season which promised so much but ultimately, left them just short.

"It was a tough one to take as we wanted to extend the season as long as possible." a clearly deflated Rosenior told Hull Live at Home Park. "It is a very emotional dressing room in there. There were lads crying but they gave me everything this season.

"It wasn’t today that was the reason we didn’t make the play-offs. We didn’t quite take advantage of the many moments and advantages we had through the season. With the energy and intensity they put into the game, Plymouth deserved their win overall.

"We are bitterly disappointed. The Championship is never easy and if you look at all of the teams battling relegation, they won today. That is the strength of this league and it is not easy, whoever you play. You cannot turn up just thinking you can outplay teams and Plymouth put up a fight like crazy.

"We didn’t quite get to grips with it in the first 20 minutes and there were a few nervy decisions. I was looking for us to get the ball down and play and we kicked it and turned it into more their type of game and it gave them rhythm, confidence and energy. We made poor choices."