Hull City drew Liam Rosenior’s 15th league game in charge at the weekend against Preston North End
Liam Rosenior has declared himself both delighted and frustrated at Hull City’s progress since he took charge before the World Cup break in November.
Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Preston North End in many ways summed up part of his feeling after watching his side deliver another encouraging display, particularly in the first half. But they failed to find the net for the fifth time in fifteen Championship games since Rosenior’s appointment.
In the seven league games at the MKM Stadium, City have drawn four, won two and lost one while on the road, the Tigers have suffered two defeats at promotion-chasing Sheffield United and Norwich City.
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They’ve won at Cardiff, Birmingham and Wigan while taking points at Millwall, Watford and Stoke City to notch up a total of 22 points at an average of 1.47 per game.
That form has moved them well away from the threat of relegation to within seven points of the top six, albeit having played two games more than sixth-placed Millwall.
Rosenior has also tightened up what was one of the worst defences in the EFL prior to his arrival. In his 15 games, City have conceded just 12 goals compared with 35 in the 18 before he took charge, while at the other end, his team have scored 17 times in that same period (21 in the 18 pre-Rosenior), an obvious area for improvement.
“I’m delighted. I’m frustrated but delighted,” he said. “I think for the points return we have from the 15 games lot, we should have more. We should have more.
“For the players to take on board the work we do on the training ground, we could, and should be, much higher. We’ve dropped points here (at the MKM Stadium), we’ve dropped points away from home.
“Similar to (Preston) where we’ve been the dominant team – against Sunderland, against Blackpool, Huddersfield – that was our poorest home performance but still the better team – we should have beaten Reading at home but lost to them.
“Overall, one game out of 15 we should have lost and we lost that on Tuesday (at Norwich), so I couldn’t be happier being here at a club I love and hopefully the building blocks are being put in place for us to be successful in the future.”