Hull City boss Mike Phelan says Robert Snodgrass can handle critics

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan

The Tigers boss believes criticism won't affect his number 10, following antics versus Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Hull City manager Mike Phelan has backed midfielder Robert Snodgrass to shrug off his critics, according to the Yorkshire Post, as the Yorkshire club enter a the crucial festive period in the Premier League.

The Tigers boss is quoted in the Yorkshire Post saying the Scot has the mentality and belief after overcoming injury to put criticism over his on-pitch actions to the back of his mind.

Crystal Palace's Scott Dann brings down Hull City's Robert Snodgrass for a penaltyCrystal Palace's Scott Dann brings down Hull City's Robert Snodgrass for a penalty

Snodgrass was heavily criticised for earning Hull a much-disputed penalty to give the hosts the lead on Saturday versus Crystal Palace.

After what appeared to be clear simulation, Eagles boss Alan Pardew said the 29 year-old should feel embarrassed by his own actions, as well as being verbally abused on social media, for conning referee Mike Jones.

To Snodgrass' credit, the Scottish international held up his hands with regard to the incident, citing fear of injury. Phelan firmly backs his man and states he has no fears of the player's state of mind.

Phelan stated, as reported by the Yorkshire Post: “Yes, of course he can [handle it]. I have dealt with football players all my life, some who are blown over by the wind and some who take massive knocks, but do not got penalties."

Hull City manager Mike PhelanHull City manager Mike Phelan

"It will be highlighted. That is the job of pundits, the media. But I shouldn’t think that detracts from an excellent performance; a team performance."

“We possibly got lucky in that situation and I am sure Crystal Palace were aggrieved by it."

As Hull City settle into what appears to be a relegation dogfight, the Tigers have taken just two points from their last three league outings, following Saturday's thrilling 3-3 draw.

Having returned from knee re-construction surgery last season, Robert Snodgrass has become a talisman for Mike Phelan's men this term.

The Scot has scored five goals for his side and has frequently been instrumental in the drive of a Hull side that have recently lacked any sort of attacking bite.

Hull City's Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring their first goalHull City's Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring their first goal

Phelan knows the importance of the Scot during the Christmas period and is unapologetic of any fortune which may come his side's way.

"[I am] not going to argue with my player or say anything that will turn his head or make him feel down about it, added Phelan.

“I need a Robert Snodgrass. He has to get on with his job. He will put up with whatever comes his way. My team, my players and my staff are behind him.”

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