Tony Pulis was in a hurry to leave the KCOM stadium after this non-event, as the elements threatened to inconvenience West Bromwich Albion rather more than Hull City had managed for the majority of a dank afternoon on Humberside.
"But they have their reasons and I can't influence those decisions they make not to come".
Phelan's men looked set for another painful defeat after failing to muster a shot of any sort in a feeble opening 50 minutes and fell behind to Gareth McAuley's 34th-minute header for the visitors.
One notable factor this season is that the Baggies are unbeaten against teams in the bottom half of the table (W4 D3 L0), which indicates they produce a similar level of performance in every game (as you might expect from a Pulis team). Yet after the break, Hull got much better and were rewarded when a Robert Snodgrass free-kick was knocked down into the path of captain Michael Dawson, who fired home from close-range.
"Now, having lost heavily at fellow strugglers Sunderland, Hull face West Brom, who have just matched their biggest ever Premier League win".
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Fit-again West Brom winger Nacer Chadli had a shot saved by Marshall after coming on, before Rondon spurned a glorious chance to claim a late victor for the visitors by heading wide. In the championship a year ago Hull achieved promotion and got away with being a disunited football club because their first team squad was, in the end, too strong for the second tier of English football.
McAuley is now Albion's highest-scoring defender in the Premier League era with 12 goals to his name.
"Hull" after two victories at the start took a steep dive.
James Morrison and Matt Phillips have both scored in their last two league games.
"We've just got to keep going - everyone knows where we are as a group and a team", said Pulis.
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Phelan said: "First half, possibly, was down to me being a bit cautious maybe".
'But I think we have to take stock of where we are. We have a few players who need a few minutes but I won't be making wholesale changes.
Phelan's side could still have been sunk in the dying seconds with Baggies substitute Nacer Chadli and striker Salmon Rondon missing good chances to lift their side to what would have been a third consecutive win.
"They had a 10 to 15 minute spell when they kept possession and created a couple of chances themselves, but overall we're disappointed".
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