Hull City

Adkins Eyes FA Cup Progress

06 January 2019
Nigel Adkins has urged no let-up from his Hull City side as they take a break from league action to face Millwall in the Emirates FA Cup this afternoon.

The 6-0 thrashing of Bolton Wanderers on New Year’s Day secured a fifth successive win and extended the Tigers’ unbeaten run to eight games in the Sky Bet Championship and Adkins wants his players to continue their rich vein of form at The Den as they target a place in the fourth round of world football’s oldest domestic knockout competition.

“It’s always nice to have a cup run,” he said. “I know how important the FA Cup is and I know we’ll have supporters going down to Millwall.

“We’ll make changes – a lot of teams will do that. I’m very respectful of the FA Cup but it gives us an opportunity to use players who are coming back from injury and regaining fitness and also the youngsters who need the chances.

“It’s an opportunity for a lot of players who have been in and out of the team to get themselves a little bit fitter.

“It’s an opportunity to play in a very competitive game. This will be the levels that are required in the Championship. Everyone needs to realise that it’s not about 11 players, it’s about everyone contributing.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us. We managed to get a draw down there last month in the league but they’ve won their last three games and they will be confident.

“However, we’re on a good run ourselves and the challenge facing us now is to maintain that form in the FA Cup. That’s the aim as we look to get a result that will see us in the draw for the next round.”