Hull City

Adkins: Enjoy The Challenge

16 February 2018
Nigel Adkins wants his side to approach tonight's Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Chelsea with an "anything is possible" attitude.

The Tigers head to Stamford Bridge looking to secure a first-ever win at the home of the reigning Premier League champions and, whilst Adkins is under no illusions about the size facing his side, he wants his players to enjoy the challenge of coming up against Antonio Conte’s star-studded Chelsea team.

“For us, it’s all to gain, nothing to lose,” he said.

“We have a togetherness about everybody and through adversity, you draw strength. It’s going to be tough but strange things happen and you never know. You have to believe something is going to happen.

“If we get a defeat, then Chelsea should have won the game. It’s going to be tough, but we have to enjoy that challenge, embrace it and probably play with a bit of no fear as well. Can we take that one opportunity?

“We have to be inspired in defence, the goalkeeper has got to have a great game, but we have to be good in possession and if we get an opportunity can we be clinical with it? You just have to believe.

“They’re an outstanding team but it’s the FA Cup and anything’s possible. If we can’t win it, draw it, but go there with belief. We have to try and give ourselves an opportunity to win the game.”

“I want the players to enjoy the challenge as well,” he added. “If you can’t enjoy this then you have a problem. We can be so serious about things that you miss the big picture of enjoying what you do as well.

“I say to the players, ‘Enjoy every training session, enjoy being involved, do the best you can and learn the lessons from it’. We can all get so tense in every walk of life but you have to enjoy it as well.

“We have a lot of challenges, I understand that. But you still strive to find a way to outfox them. Or, sometimes, you have to say, ‘For all the will in the world, that one-on-one battle is something they will win’. The key then is what you do to try and affect it.”