- Birmingham lost 2-0 to Hull in the Championship on Wednesday evening
- Rooney suffered his second consecutive defeat since replacing John Eustace
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Wayne Rooney’s Birmingham were booed after his first home game as manager ended in a 2-0 defeat to Hull in the Championship.
The Tigers, managed by Rooney’s former assistant Liam Rosenior, ended a four-game winning streak to hand Rooney his second straight defeat since he replaced John Eustace at St Andrew’s.
Liam Delap fended off a poor back pass from Emmanuel Longelo to give the visitors the lead in the 12th minute, and Jaden Philogene’s long-range strike settled the contest with 16 minutes left.
Rooney admits he will adjust his “fearless football” philosophy after defeat to Hull in Birmingham because his players are unable to do so.
“You have to be brave to take the ball, but it has become clear in the first two games that the players are not comfortable doing that,” said Birmingham coach Rooney.
Wayne Rooney’s Birmingham were booed after his first home game as manager
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“Of course there will be slight adjustments because we also have to collect points.”
“I can get players on the field, kick the ball up and try to catch second balls, but we have to find the right balance.”
“That’s on me – maybe I asked too much of them and I take that responsibility.” We ask them to act at the back and act more at the front.
“I told the boys after the game: ‘If you feel like you can’t do it, tell me and we can adjust and adjust.”
“Fearless football is made up of so many different elements.” They’ve had snot and guts for the last 10 years and it’s been very difficult.
“But it won’t change in two weeks unless the players are used to a completely different way.”
Birmingham fans expressed their feelings to Rooney after the final whistle
“As I get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the players, we will find the right balance to make sure we do everything right.”
Fans made their feelings known to Rooney at the end of the game, while the team was booed at half-time and during the final break.
“It’s part of football.” “You have to win games to change that,” said Rooney.
Ipswich showed little sign of rust as they kept the pressure on league leaders Leicester with a 1-0 win at Bristol City.
Nathan Broadhead’s first-half goal gave Kieran McKenna’s side their tenth win in 12 league games, their first game since October 7.
Patrick Bamford missed a penalty before Pascal Struijk scored an own goal as Leeds’ three-game winning streak was snapped by a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
Hull City’s Jaden Philogene scores his team’s second goal of the game in the 74th minute
Struijk’s own goal in the 80th minute came five minutes after Bamford shot over the crossbar from twelve meters.
But Leeds remained third as Preston and Southampton drew 2-2.
Kyle Walker-Peters brilliantly gave the Saints the lead in the 33rd minute when he cut in from the right and directed a left-footed shot into the far corner.
Preston turned the game around within the first 10 minutes of the second half when substitute Milutin Osmajic volleyed home an equalizer from the edge of the area before setting up Brad Potts to make it 2-1.
But Ched Evans scored his own goal in the sixth minute of injury time, taking Preston’s winning streak to six games.
Sheffield Wednesday’s winless start to the season continued as they lost 3-0 to fellow strugglers Plymouth.
Mustapha Bundu’s free kick in the 44th minute gave Argyle the lead and Morgan Whittaker capitalized on a defensive error to make it 2-0 at half-time.
In the 76th minute, Ryan Hardie, who was left unmarked, scored the third goal, emphatically ending the four-game winless streak.
Rotherham recorded only their second win of the season and first clean sheet as Lee Peltier’s second-half header and Oliver Rathbone’s injury-time header beat Coventry 2-0.