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Newcastle win was a result Hull deserved, says Phelan

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Britain Football Soccer - Hull City v Newcastle United - EFL Cup Quarter Final - The Kingston Communications Stadium - 29/11/16 Hull City manager Mike Phelan celebrates after the game Reuters / Andrew Yates Livepic
Britain Football Soccer - Hull City v Newcastle United - EFL Cup Quarter Final - The Kingston Communications Stadium - 29/11/16 Hull City manager Mike Phelan celebrates after the game Reuters / Andrew Yates Livepic

REUTERS - Hull City manager Mike Phelan has praised his team for their resilience after they beat second-tier Newcastle United in the League Cup to reach the semi-finals.

Hull went a man down when striker Dieumerci Mbokani was sent off in the 89th minute and then trailed 1-0 in extra time after midfielder Mohamed Diame put Newcastle Ahead in the 98th minute.

Robert Snodgrass equalised a minute later and Hull went on to win 3-1 on penalties on Tuesday.

Phelan said his players showed immense courage to stage such a fightback and got the result they deserved.

"On the night we performed heroically in the end and the players stuck to the task," Phelan told the club website.

"We played against adversity at times, but we came through. We came from behind again and that is something we seem to have in our locker at the moment, although we'd rather not have to do it.

"We've put in an exceptional performance under a lot of stress. Ten men, extra time and penalties, we've gone through the lot.

"The players have put a lot of effort in and got a result, so I'm pleased for them."

Hull, who are third from bottom in the Premier League with 11 points, travel to Middlesbrough, who have a point more in 15th, for their next game.

(Reporting by Debanjan Bose in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)


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