Brown hails Folan quality
Hull manager Phil Brown described Caleb Folan's last-minute winner against Coventry as a 'moment of class'.
Last Updated: 29/01/08 11:09pm
Hull manager Phil Brown described Caleb Folan's last-minute goal against Coventry as the 'only moment of class' in their turgid 1-0 win at the KC Stadium.
Substitute Folan gave the Tigers their first league win of 2008 with his third goal since arriving from Wigan for a club record £1million fee in the summer.
The former Chesterfield striker latched on to a long punt forward and deftly lobbed the ball over Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
Brown said: "The goal was the only moment of class. It was the only moment of luck. It was the defining moment.
"Let's be honest, it was a terrible game. We had two-and-a-half weeks away, and I know there are a lot of advocates for a winter break but I am totally against them - it disrupts the rhythm and the flow.
"It was a terrible game, but it was one we would have lost last season.
"The players showed a lot of character towards the end to grind out the result."
Coventry are still looking for their first league win since the turn of the year.
The defeat, the sixth in the last seven matches for Iain Dowie's side, left the Sky Blues perilously positioned just above the relegation zone.
However, Dowie remained philosophical and was happy with his side's performance.
"We had round pegs in round holes and they gave a performance from the heart and I can't ask any more of them," said Dowie.
"I thought we had a great desire. We nullified them and prevented them from having a shot on target.
"Their keeper has made a great save from Michael and they have won it with a long ball at the end.
"I thought we deserved to get at least a point out of the game. I really feel for the players, they are devastated in the dressing room.
"But there was nothing wrong with that performance - sometimes you just have to accept that sometimes you lose games when you don't deserve to."
Dowie handed a full debut to Dan Fox after he completed his move from Walsall on Monday, and the City boss was pleased with his new acquisition.
"I thought Daniel did very well. He hasn't played a competitive game for a while but I thought he was fantastic - both of the full-back were.
"He is a good, young lad with a wand of a left foot and I am sure he will prove to be a terrific signing for us."