Hull City

Adkins Pleased With His Side’s Character After Draw At Swansea

27 April 2019
Nigel Adkins was delighted with the character shown by his Hull City side as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 away at Swansea City on Saturday.

Oli McBurnie had put the hosts in control with goals either side of half time, but the Tigers came roaring back late on as Jarrod Bowen bagged his 22nd goal of the season before Nouha Dicko equalised six minutes from time.

“The lads have shown character to come back from 2-0 down and that is pleasing – it shows the spirit we have. Great credit to the players for turning it around.” said Adkins.

“We knew about the threats that Swansea possess and they’re the best possession-based side in the league and the best for pass completion.

“We changed our formation to let them have that possession, defend deep and nullify the space for them. We wanted to be solid and to try and hit them on the counter-attack with Grosicki and Bowen. If we’d been more expansive, I think they would have caused us a lot of problems.

“We had to change it once they scored to try and get back in the game and we’ve done that.

“Every player that played today is under contract for next season and again we’ve seen the pathway that we have for the youngsters here with Brandon Fleming getting another 45 minutes of football in the Championship. We also had Stephen Kingsley in for a planned 45 minutes which was good.

“It was good to give the supporters that travelled all this way something to cheer about in the second half, and now we want to finish the season off in the right manner at home against Bristol City next Sunday.”