The Tigers have had a tough few days, losing 2-0 at Stoke City last weekend before a much changed eleven were beaten 4-0 by Derby in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. However, Adkins believes his squad has what it takes to bounce back when they face Frank Lampard’s men once again on Saturday afternoon.
“First of all, we all have to believe,” said Adkins.
“You would imagine that Derby will play the same way on Saturday as they did in midweek, even if they do change their personnel around a bit. That means we’ve had the opportunity to see them up close and personal and look at their strengths as well as any weaknesses that we now think we can exploit.
“For how poor we were against them on Tuesday, we still created opportunities to score goals which we didn’t take.
“So now we look at how we take those opportunities and how we go about beating Derby County. What a great challenge it is and we know Derby are going to be good, but we’re at home.
“We have to nullify them when they have the ball because if we make the pitch big for them like we did the other night they have the players to take advantage of that.
“However, when we have the ball we have to pose a threat to them.”