Adkins was named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for December on Friday morning, with leading scorer Jarrod Bowen taking the division’s Player of the Month accolade, and having kicked off January with a 6-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers the Tigers’ Head Coach says the hard work must continue.
“We’re going into Saturday’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday looking to keep our momentum going,” said Adkins.
“We’ve put ourselves in a higher position in the table than we were, but the focus is only on the next game and making sure our standards are right, our discipline is right, driving performance and keeping the cycle that has got us into this position going.
“We’ve got 20 league games left and we have to give ourselves every opportunity to, firstly, achieve the objective that we had at the start of the season which was to stay in the division and sustainability for the football club – that has still to be achieved. Likewise, we’re now in a position in the table where we can’t lose sight of the fact that we’re three points off the team that is in seventh place, so we have to be optimistic that we can keep building on what we’ve done so far which is all down to hard work.”
As well as putting the recent run of form, which has brought five successive league wins and an impressive 27 points from the last 36 available, down to a whole squad and staff effort, Adkins has also highlighted the tried and trusted process that has brought results.
“I’ve been speaking about that since I arrived here just over a year ago,” the Head Coach continued.
“We’ve been driving that message and, all being well, we do the right things to put us in a better position to win games of football. Of late we’ve scored more goals and conceded less and we’ll keep working on the process. We work hard, prepare well for the game, drive performance, do everything we can to win the game, reflect on it, learn lessons from it and then move on to the next game for the cycle to repeat itself. It works and it’s all about the team.
“Everybody contributes to that and we talk about doing the basics to an elite level. Standards are good but we’re always striving to improve. We’ve got some good senior players who are good role models and are setting standards. The youngsters come in and see that and what is required, and then it’s cascade learning as they take those standards back when training with the Academy. We have a good working environment.”