JOHN Hughes has paid tribute to the Tranmere Rovers supporters for the standing ovation they afforded to Luke James.
Despite trailing 1-0 at the time of James’ 87th-minute withdrawal, the home fans took to their feet to applaud the 18-year-old striker from the field.
Their testimonial was in recognition of James’ performance, a fatigue-defying effort which was again the inspiration behind his side’s victory.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen an opposition crowd give applause to a player like that,” Hughes told SportMail.
“The Liverpool public have been brought up on great football and they recognise a good footballer.
“They know when they have seen a player who puts his all in and they were probably wishing he was in their team.
“To stand up and do that in defeat is enormous credit to those supporters.
“He’d been brilliant and they recognised that.”