Hull City

Adkins: Positives To Take

13 July 2018
Nigel Adkins felt there were plenty of positives to take from Friday night's pre-season defeat to S.C. Braga.

The Tigers were beaten 4-1 by the Primeira Liga outfit at the Estadio da Nora but the Head Coach admitted after the game there were some pleasing aspects to his side’s performance.

“I’m not interested in results at this stage,” said Adkins.

“I thought it was a cracking evening and a wonderful exercise for us. At times we controlled the game well, had a good shape about us defensively and created a few opportunities against what was an excellent Braga side.

“They had one opportunity in the first half which came about through a lapse in concentration and that led to the first goal of the evening. It was just a ball over the top that we should’ve dealt with.

“Second half, you talk about strength in depth of teams – we’ve played a completely different team. On the night, I think we had 11 academy players involved, including some of them out of position, but what a great experience it has been for all of them.

“It was a good learning curve for us. There were some good positives for us to take from the game – young Lewis Ritson has gone and scored a goal and we produced some dynamic play at times.

“All-in-all, take the scoreline away, there were many, many positive things for us to take from the game. We’re only in the third week of our pre-season and I’m really pleased with the attitude and application of players so far – long may that continue.”

Adkins also reported positive news on the injury front after Stephen Kingsley sat out the fixture, whilst Will Keane was forced to come off 13 minutes after his introduction at the break with a slight thigh problem.

“Stephen Kingsley was due to start the game but he felt a bit of tightness in his quad on the afternoon before the game, so we thought we wouldn’t risk it,” he added. “He’ll be fine for next week.

“Will was just feeling his thigh a bit in the game and we took him off as a precautionary measure. The boys have worked ever so hard over here and there’s a little niggle here and there.

“All being well they should both be in a position to start training next week, just like Ondrej Mazuch. He looks a lot better now. He’s walking a lot better after jarring his knee and he should be able to join back in again next week which is pleasing.”