Philogene stars in rampant Hull win

28 November 2023 0 By Total Football News

Rotherham's miserable away form plumbed new depths at Hull, who moved back into the Sky Bet Championship play-offs with a 4-1 win at the MKM Stadium.

Tyler Morton, Jaden Philogene and Scott Twine scored within the first 20 minutes to put the game out of reach of the managerless visitors.

Philogene added another soon after the restart against a brittle Rotherham side who remain in deep relegation trouble.

Hull were ruthless, and perhaps a touch fortunate at times in the build-up to their goals, but the Millers were blown away in the first half and have still claimed just one away point all season.

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Jaden Philogene took Hull City two up after scoring an outrageous backheel against Rotherham.

And though Grant Hall headed home a consolation, Rotherham must now reflect upon the worrying statistic of having conceded 11 goals in their last three games on their travels.

Clearly sensing an opportunity against jaded opponents, Hull ripped out of the traps and opened the scoring after five minutes.

Hall's feeble back-pass put goalkeeper Viktor Johansson in an awful position, from which he did well to stop Liam Delap's initial shot but the ball fell kindly to Morton, who could not miss.

Rotherham were visibly leggy following their hard-earned draw at home to Leeds on Friday and were further punished on nine minutes.

Dexter Lembikisa made an awful mess of Jason Lokilo's back-post cross, with the ball striking the defender's backside and bouncing towards Philogene on the left angle of the six-yard box.

The former Aston Villa playmaker had his back to goal but showed stunning craft with a backheel into the bottom right corner.

Away fans might have been forgiven for thinking that things could not have got any bleaker before the interval.

They were wrong, as Twine added a third after 20 minutes.

Alfie Jones' hopeful loft from deep was hardly threatening, but Hakeem Odoffin recklessly went to ground to gift Morton another chance on goal.

The excellent Liverpool loan signing had the wherewithal to square to Delap, whose fierce strike was saved by Johansson. The ball was tricking towards the goal line but Twine provided the insurance from a yard out for his first City goal.

Caretaker manager Wayne Carlisle's half-time debrief would have been even more painful had Hull centre-back Jacob Greaves shown greater composure in a one-on-one situation with Johansson after 40 minutes.

But whatever Carlisle said at the break made not a jot of difference as Philogene scored a second after 48 minutes.

Twine's initial attempt from Jean Michael Seri's cute ball was again saved by Johansson, but Philogene snaffled up the rebound from close range.

Hall at least reduced the deficit from a 59th-minute corner following smart interplay between Ollie Rathbone and Arvin Appiah.

But that was as good as it got for Rotherham, who look in desperate need of swift managerial guidance on this evidence.

The managers

Hull's Liam Rosenior:

"The ruthlessness was there. We had that end product and some of our football was a joy to watch. We have to make sure that is consistent for us and if we do that, we will become a very good team. We are showing real quality at the moment. The players are enjoying being at this club and I'm loving working with them.

"What Jaden is showing is moments of absolute quality but it's not about just one individual, it's about the group. And, as a group, our performance was just outstanding. I was furious (with Rotherham's goal) as I'm a defender by trade and at heart but because we were in such a comfortable position, those moments don't hurt you as much."

Rotherham caretaker Wayne Carlisle:

"We need to try and get them as fresh as possible for Saturday. It's about trying to give them the confidence and energy to get them moving again. At home we have energy and do go after teams, but away from home we don't seem to be able to back it up.

"I thought they got a bit scrambled. I didn't think they lost heart but when you shoot yourselves in the foot as early as we did it's easy to get a bit frantic. The energy levels just didn't seem to be there and we didn't get up to speed quickly enough. (The away form) is obviously an elephant in the room and we'll try to address it but I don't know what's going through their heads."

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