Phelan heaps praise on Snodgrass after helping Hull end losing streak
Published 07/11/2016 | 08:06
Hull boss Mike Phelan hailed Robert Snodgrass for digging deep and helping to end the team's six-game Premier League losing streak.
The Scotland international shook off injury to come off the bench and make a match-defining contribution by scoring one and creating the other in the Tigers' 2-1 win over Southampton on Sunday - their first three-pointer since August.
The fact Hull were able to get so much out of him is a surprise as he was named among the substitutes following a speedy recovery from an ankle injury sustained last month which had an initial prognosis of four weeks out.
But Phelan's hand was forced as his side lost Abel Hernandez and Will Keane to injuries in the first 25 minutes and Snodgrass defied expectations and produced the goods.
"Every club has a player or several that are different to everyone else and he is one of them," Phelan said. "At the start of the game he wasn't ready and it was a big, big risk whether he could get through the game.
"We looked at 30 minutes but he managed to find everything that is required of a good player and he showed his quality.
"Mentally Snoddy was one who was prepared to be on the bench, he was prepared to come on and do his bit, albeit for longer than we expected. But he produced and quality players at this level have to produce."
Snodgrass' antics pulled the rug from under the feet of Southampton, who were cruising after taking an early lead through Charlie Austin's penalty.
Virgil van Dijk hit the crossbar with a header and David Marshall made a string of saves before Snodgrass and Michael Dawson scored in the space of two second-half minutes.
Saints had further opportunities to draw level but were unable to convert and defender Maya Yoshida, who won the sixth-minute penalty, knows lessons will be learned.
"If we don't take chances then we get punished and it was a very expensive lesson for us I think. We need to learn from this game to go again for the next game," Yoshida told Southampton's official website.
"We dominated the game and controlled it. When you win a game like Inter Milan, when you come back to the Premier League to play a team who plays one game a week it is difficult.
"Normally we have better quality than them so it's a pity the result for all of us, but we need to be fresh after the international break and come back in good condition,"
"I think we will learn for the future. Every game in the Premier League is difficult. We deserved the points today."