Hull boss Brown: I wouldn't swap Geovanni for Man City's Robinho

Hull City boss Phil Brown rates his Geovanni ahead of Manchester City star Robinho.

Hull City boss Phil Brown rates his Geovanni ahead of Manchester City star Robinho.

After their 2-2 draw, Brown paid tribute to Brazilian star Geovanni, who scored his sixth goal for the Tigers since being released by City.

Asked if he would trade the former Barcelona midfielder for his compatriot Robinho, Brown said: "Not in a million years. "Why? Because mine was free and I can't afford £32.5million!

"In fairness, Robinho came up to me after the game and shook my hand. I think he spoke Spanish, which I know a little bit of. He seems a nice fellow and a good footballer, but so is Geo. He's a talented lad."

It was Geovanni's first match against his former club and there had been much pre-match speculation over his head to head with the most expensive man in British football.

And Brown was pleased Geovanni did not allow the increased media interest to compromise his performance.

"The lad is very calm and if there was any pressure on him I didn't detect it," added Brown.

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