Hull back into top six after Rotherham rout

Published on: 28 November 2023

Jaden Philogene made it six goals in his past seven games for Hull City with two against Rotherham United

Hull City moved back into the Championship play-off places by blowing away relegation-haunted Rotherham at the MKM Stadium.

The Tigers scored three times in the first 20 minutes, through Tyler Morton, Jaden Philogene and Scott Twine, to ensure the game was over as a contest by half-time.

Philogene made it six goals in his past seven games with his second of the night shortly into the second half as the East Yorkshire outfit eased to their fourth win in six and stayed in the hunt for the top six.

Grant Hall headed in a consolation goal but the continuation of the managerless Millers' dreadful away form - they have now lost eight and drawn one of their nine away games in the league, shipping 21 goals along the way - means they stay four points adrift of safety in 23rd.

Hull had won their two previous home games and were unbeaten against Rotherham at home since 1996, and those runs never looked like coming to an end once Morton had tapped them ahead after five minutes.

The Liverpool loanee scored his first senior goal to earn the Tigers a point at Swansea on Saturday, and when Liam Delap was brought down by Rotherham goalkeeper Viktor Johansson, Morton saved referee Rebecca Welch from having to make a penalty decision by turning in the loose ball.

Four minutes later Hull were two goals ahead. With Delap making a nuisance of himself in the box, Jason Lokilo's cross bounced off defender Dexter Lembikisa and fell to England Under-21 international Philogene, who, with his back to goal, cleverly backheeled the ball into the far corner.

When Delap teed up Morton for another shot Johansson could only parry the ball as far as Twine, and the Burnley loanee had a simple finish for his first goal for the club.

Hull were rampant, with Jacob Greaves slaloming through the visiting defence only to be denied by Johansson, but any doubts about the outcome were ended three minutes into the second half.

Hull carved the Millers open as Jean Michael Seri freed Lokilo on the right. His cross rebounded to Twine, and when his shot was saved by Johansson, Philogene snapped up the chance to score his second.

The home side moved down a gear as manager Liam Rosenior rested key players but not before Rotherham had pulled a goal back near to the hour mark. Oliver Rathbone and substitute Arvin Appiah worked a short corner, Sean Morrison headed on, and Hall nodded in at the far post.

Hull were close to a fifth as the superb Johansson beat away Delap's powerful header and substitute Ozan Tufan fired wide from a great chance.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsHull

Formation 4-2-3-1

17Allsop33Christie5Jones4Greaves2Coyle24Seri15Morton22Lokilo30Twine23Philogene20Delap

    17Allsop33ChristieSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 73'minutesBooked at 88mins5Jones4Greaves2Coyle24SeriSubstituted forTraoréat 63'minutes15MortonSubstituted forSlaterat 83'minutes22Lokilo30Twine23PhilogeneSubstituted forTufanat 63'minutes20DelapSubstituted forConnollyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

    1Ingram6McLoughlin7Tufan8Docherty10Traoré14Vaughan26Smith27Slater44Connolly

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-1-1

1Johansson2Lembikisa23Morrison20Hall3Bramall18Rathbone27Tiéhi22Odoffin28Revan12Kelly10Hugill

    1Johansson2Lembikisa23Morrison20HallSubstituted forPeltierat 67'minutes3BramallSubstituted forAppiahat 54'minutes18Rathbone27Tiéhi22OdoffinSubstituted forLindsayat 67'minutes28RevanBooked at 62mins12KellySubstituted forNombeat 77'minutes10HugillBooked at 41minsSubstituted forEavesat 67'minutes

Substitutes

    4Ayala9Eaves16Lindsay21Peltier26Phillips29Nombe30Appiah35McGuckin

Referee:Rebecca WelchAttendance:19,766Match StatsHome TeamHullAway TeamRotherhamPossessionHome73%Away27%ShotsHome22Away9Shots on TargetHome12Away3CornersHome8Away4FoulsHome5Away8Live Text Post update

Match ends, Hull City 4, Rotherham United 1.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 4, Rotherham United 1.

90'+5'Post update

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Oliver Rathbone.

90'+4'Post update

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

90'+1'Post update

Offside, Hull City. Ryan Allsop tries a through ball, but Aaron Connolly is caught offside.

90'Post update

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89'Post update

Delay in match because of an injury Sean Morrison (Rotherham United).

88'Booking

Sean McLoughlin (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88'Post update

Foul by Sean McLoughlin (Hull City).

88'Post update

Sam Nombe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87'Post update

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

85'Post update

Attempt saved. Jamie Lindsay (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85'Post update

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Regan Slater.

83'Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Regan Slater replaces Tyler Morton.

83'Post update

Attempt missed. Ozan Tufan (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Twine.

82'Post update

Attempt blocked. Arvin Appiah (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christ Tiéhi.

79'Post update

Attempt missed. Jacob Greaves (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Twine with a cross following a corner.

78'Post update

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

78'Post update

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77'Post update

Delay in match because of an injury Sean McLoughlin (Hull City).

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Source: bbc.com

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