Mike Phelan talks Mohamed Diame and team he intends to select v Newcastle
Mike Phelan have just given his press conference on Monday morning for the Newcastle match.
The Hull boss has already previously talked about the problems of so many empty seats (see his comments below) ahead of the quarter-final and now he has spoken about the issues surrounding his team selection for Tuesday’s match.
Phelan has confirmed that Ryan Mason has joined his lengthy list of players who are ruled out of action and has stated that his cup team will include ‘young players and players who need game time’. Something which will surely be music to the ears of Newcastle United’s manager, players and fans.
In the last round when Hull beat Bristol City away from home, Mike Phelan made six changes and there looks every indication that he will do similar this time, as he talks about a ‘tough fixture list, particularly in December’.
Whilst Hull made six changes in that last round, Rafa Benitez actually made seven, with the Newcastle boss already making clear with six changes for Saturday’s defeat against Blackburn, that he was going to be mixing it up again – especially with three matches separated by only six days.
Predictably asked about star player Mohamed Diame (10 goals last season from midfield) who decided to drop into the Championship rather than appearing in the Premier League with Hull. Mike Phelan responded with a simple answer that the player decided to move on after he’d ‘put us in the Premier League and he’s ended up at the top of the Championship’.
Mohamed Diame looked almost certain to start anyway and surely Ayoze Perez’ abysmal display on Saturday will have ensure that this is the case.
Mike Phelan Newcastle press conference:
“He put us in the Premier League and he’s ended up at the top of the Championship.
“We’re trying to maintain momentum and we need to get players needing minutes on the pitch. Some of the changes are internationals.
“We’re not getting carried away at this stage of the competition but we want to get as far as we can.
“We have a tough fixture list, particularly in December.
“This competition is the next game and we have young players, who give us energy.
“We have to get the right balance and we can use young players and players who need game time.
“We’ve progressed in the EFL Cup, and having reached this stage, it’s important to maintain the momentum we’ve gained.
“All the players are looking forward to it though and everyone on the pitch will be giving their all to help us progress.
“When you look at Newcastle, they have a really experienced manager. He’s one of the most experienced managers in the Championship.”
“I’m sure they will be looking forward to the game just as much as we are, they’ve not been in semi-finals or finals for a while, but we want to play well and progress.
“We’ve handled pressure at times, sometimes we haven’t, It worked out that way on Saturday and we hit brick walls at times against West Brom.”
What Mike Phelan had earlier to say about the missing fans:
“We can try to encourage them (Hull fans) as much as we can to come into the ground, to support the players who are trying.
“We are in the Big League, the Premier League. I would have thought that was a nice incentive to get involved.
“But they have their reasons and I can’t influence those decisions they make not to come.
“All I can ask for is full backing from the ones that sit on those seats and that they get behind the players.
“I’m sure they will because we’ve had no real issue with that. No one wants to see empty seats…but that’s where we’re at the moment.
“We need to our job on the football field to encourage more to come back but it goes a little bit deeper than just the football they see.”
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