Cameron Stewart scores as Hull City reserves beat Grimsby Town 4-1
LIAM Rosenior, Cameron Stewart and Tom Cairney all gave manager Steve Bruce a reminder of their talents as they orchestrated Hull City reserves' comfortable 4-1 victory at Grimsby Town.
The Tigers were comprehensive winners at Blundell Park yesterday afternoon and it was the class of their leading lights that eventually shone through during a dominant second-half show.
Rosenior opened the scoring with his first goal in City colours when hooking in Cairney's corner before he was quickly joined on the score-sheet by Stewart, whose calm finish doubled the lead on the hour mark.
Cairney was not to be outdone and he came to the fore when unselfishly setting up Jonathon Margetts and Francis McCaffrey to provide the Tigers with a handsome victory.
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Reserve-team boss Stephen Clemence was delighted with the efforts of his senior professionals and admitted their hopes of a first-team recall have been done no harm.
"The attitude of Tom Cairney, Liam Rosenior, Cameron Stewart and Eldin Jakupovic was absolutely fantastic," said Clemence.
"It's good for them to play games. Tom and Cameron are still just young lads and they're still learning the game.
"They're better off for games like this. Liam wanted to come here and play because he felt he needed the games.
"He needs credit for that because some players wouldn't want to be involved.
"We've got a strong squad but these haven't done themselves any harm at all. That's all you can ask for."
City's victory was a fitting reflection of their authority but it was not until the 52nd minute that they finally managed to break Grimsby's resolve.
Stewart and Margetts both worked Grimsby goalkeeper Greg Fleming before the break as City bossed their inexperienced hosts, while Cairney and Paul McElroy were guilty of spurning decent chances.
The half-time break offered Grimsby brief respite but Fleming was again called into action to pull off a stunning save to deny Margetts' point-blank header.
City would not be denied, though, and it was the unlikely source of Rosenior who broke the deadlock.
The right-back, who has not scored a first-team goal since October 2009, volleyed Cairney's corner into the far corner seven minutes after the break and it was the cue for the floodgates to open.
Stewart burst through Grimsby's defence to convert Margetts' pass, before the provider profited from Cairney's unselfish pass to make it 3-0.
Grimsby grabbed a consolation through Dayle Southwell but City had the last say when Cairney's excellent run and cross teed up McCaffrey four minutes from time.
City's productive afternoon saw Danny East emerge through an hour of football after three months out with a back injury and also allowed an eye to be cast over Chelsea left-back Ben Gordon.
The 21-year-old is on a trial period with the Tigers and Clemence added: "Chelsea have let Ben go early before the end of his contract this summer.
"There's been a few Championship clubs having a look at him so we'll see how he goes over the next couple of weeks before a decision is made."
Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Liam Rosenior, Will Aimson, Danny East (Kealan Dillon 63), Ben Gordon, Cameron Stewart, James Armstrong, Dougie Wilson, Paul McElroy (Danny Emerton 63), Tom Cairney, Jonathan Margetts (Fran McCaffrey 70)