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Phelan praise Hull character after shock win

Newcomers Hull City pulled off a shocking 2-1 win over champions Leicester City at the KC Stadium on Saturday after goals by Adama Diomande and Robert Snodgrass.

Hull were pushed back by the Foxes throughout the first half, but the champions were wasteful in front of goal. Instead it was the Tigers that took the lead in stoppage time of the first half after a overhead kick by Diomande.

Leicester tied things up early in the second half after being awarded a penalty after just 15 seconds that Riyad Mahrez slotted in from the penalty spot. Snodgrass snatched the winner in the 57th minute with a shot from his favored left foot. Caretaker manager Mike Phelan was delighted to open up their Premier League campaign with a win.

“You always have to have belief in the players that you work with and they showed a lot of character and endeavour out on that football field,” Phelan told the club’s official website.

“Everything on the outside seemed to be pointing towards us going the other way, so it was important that the players showed the character that they did regardless of the final result. They did that really well.

“We asked them to show full concentration because, at the end of the day, we were lining up against the Champions of the Premier League and we knew they had the pace and skill to hurt us.

“We had to be a collective and we stuck to the task well. Coming back after Leicester had drawn level right at the start of the second half showed the resilience of this team.

“A couple of players had to play out of position but it was a case of just getting through. Because we only had a small number of players available, they knew exactly what their roles were and how to go about it because we’ve worked with them all week.

“They understood the game plan, they took it to Leicester and turned it into a good occasion.

“The players can enjoy the weekend now and look forward to the next game.”

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