Hull City

Adkins Praises Character, Spirit & Effort

10 March 2018
Nigel Adkins praised the character, response, sprit and efforts of his players following Saturday's 4-3 victory over Norwich City.

The Tigers had to come from 3-1 down despite having taken an early lead through Jackson Irvine’s opener, but two penalties from Abel Hernandez and a fine winner from Harry Wilson saw a remarkable turnaround in a see-saw contest at the KCOM Stadium.

“I thought the players were magnificent and we started the game ever so well,” said Adkins.

“We responded in the right manner (after Tuesday night’s defeat) and we could have scored three or four goals in the early stages.

“Jackson scored a lovely goal to open the scoring and he works his socks off for the team, so it was great for him to get a goal.

“You then look at the goals we conceded, two of them were penalties and we’ve gone 3-1 behind. At that point I’m thinking ‘how are we 3-1 down?’ We responded to that, kept our composure and great credit has to go to the players for that.

“The atmosphere in the stadium was great. The fans got behind the players all the way through and in a fantastic performance, the character shown by the players was great.

“It was great to see Abel Hernandez get another hour under his belt and he’s got himself another two goals, this time from the penalty spot.

“Then we see another wonderful goal from ‘snake hips’ Harry Wilson. He sent their defence all ways and produced a great finish. He’s such an exciting player.

“The whole team performance, though, against a very good Norwich side was good. Our defensive shape was good, and the players worked their socks off. I’m really pleased for them.”

Speaking more about the penalty decisions, which saw the sides awarded two apiece, Adkins said: “Their first one, where David Marshall came out to the edge of his box, the linesman has said four times that it happened outside the area.

“From the video footage I’ve seen, there didn’t look to be any contact with their player anyway and if there was it looked to be outside the area, so that didn’t go for us.

“Their second one, Ondrej made contact with the ball and then bundled the player to the floor so is that a penalty?

“Our first one, it was a great ball from Michael Dawson to Jarrod Bowen and he’s gone through and been taken down.

“I’ll be honest, I have no idea why the referee gave us our second penalty but it was a great finish from Abel!”