And he added: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it – why would you not appreciate those who have done it for you over and over again. ”
Nolan is widely expected to get the shout at Stoke City tomorrior said (Sat) if Diafra Sakho fails a late fitness test, sparking immediate claims on Twitter that Nolan is the ‘teacher’s pet’ …and worse.
But Rosenior said: “I’ve managed and had my favourites, guys you know will do it for you and always put in the shift. I really don’t see the problem and can’t even see such remarks in terms of abuse.
“Kevin has been with Sam for most of his career but has found over the last few games he has no special rights when others are in form despite many believing he would be straight back as soon as fit.
“I’m sure he will do a great job if required tomorrow. He can score goals and help out in midfield whenever it is necessary.
“The fella still has a lot to offer but is obviously going to get fewer opportunities than previously and that should put a real edge on him when he does get the chance.”