During last night’s game at the KC Stadium, Liam Rosenoir was taken off on a stretcher and ended up in hospital following a collision with Lloyd Sam.

The challenge, which Simon Grayson quite rightly describes as an “unfortunate accident” has brought fury from the Hull City boss who had this to say;

“It was a shocking challenge, a bit of a coward’s challenge.

“I am not happy with it all as he led with the arm.”

Regardless of whether Lloyd used his arm or not, these kind of challenges are commonplace in football and I’ve seen much, much worse ones in every single game so far this season. It’s unfortunate, but football is a contact sport and from time to time, people will get hurt.

If this was David Batty booting someone and walking off with a smile on his face I could understand Pearson’s comments, but there was clearly no malice involved in the challenge and I’m sure Lloyd Sam feels bad enough about the unfortunate incident already without Pearson slandering him in the press.

Lloyd Sam has shown the kind of professionalism Nigel Pearson could learn from by not only refusing to rise to the Hull City manager’s childish rant, but by contacting Rosenoir to offer his apologies and ensure he’s OK.

The Hull defender said he knows the challenge was purely accidental and that there was no hard feelings between himself and Sam. Whilst he remains in hospital receiving treatment, Rosenoir is said to be recovering well.

We wish him all the best.