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Monday 24 July 2017

Manager Mike Phelan thinks Hull need to be more ruthless after West Ham defeat

Mark Noble's penalty secured a 1-0 win for West Ham against Hull
Mark Noble's penalty secured a 1-0 win for West Ham against Hull

Mike Phelan admitted Hull should have been out of sight long before West Ham stole a 1-0 win to leave them bottom of the Premier League.

For the second time in three days Hammers skipper Mark Noble stepped up to the penalty spot to secure an unconvincing victory for the hosts.

But Hull were left wondering just how they left the London Stadium empty-handed after being denied by the woodwork three times and having an effort cleared off the line.

"That's the nature of the industry, sometimes good performances don't give you the results you want," said Tigers manager Phelan.

"I wouldn't say the penalty cost us the game as we should have been out of sight before then.

"Everything that could have happened against a football team happened to us. We probably won't see anything like that again this season.

"Performances like that should at some point merit results. But we've been in the game long enough to know that when opportunities come along like that you have to be ruthless.

"We had more than enough chances to win a few football matches."

Phelan refused to be drawn on the dubious penalty decision by referee Lee Mason, which even Hammers boss Slaven Bilic admitted was probably soft.

In the 76th minute Michail Antonio went down in the area under close attention from Tom Huddlestone Hull were left crestfallen.

Noble had missed his spot-kick against Burnley on Wednesday, only to tuck in the rebound, but he made no mistake this time to lift West Ham five points clear of the drop zone.

What had gone on before, however, will leave no one of a claret and blue persuasion believing their fears of relegation are a thing of the past.

Aaron Cresswell's under-hit backpass set the tone, with Dieumerci Mbokani unlucky to see his shot come off the inside of a post and roll across the goal.

Noble also headed Andrew Robertson's cross against his own post, and moments later Robertson was denied by the opposite upright with a 20-yard thunderbolt.

Harry Maguire's header was then hacked off the line as Hull's goal duck on the road somehow stretched to eight-and-a-half hours.

"For a long period it looked like they deserved something," Bilic said.

"We weren't good. But in the last half-hour we stepped up a gear and our pressure got the penalty.

"At the end of the day I'd love to have played better but these last couple of games were all about results. We got six points out of them and that was the objective.

"Now it should give us confidence. We are still not in the position we would like to be in, but it's much better than it was a week ago."

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