Hull City

Adkins Ready For Preston Test

02 February 2018
Nigel Adkins is looking for his side to continue putting in the kind of performances that he believes will bring the results needed in the fight for Championship survival.

The Tigers produced a dominant display against Leeds United in midweek but didn’t come away with the win that they deserved as they drew 0-0, a trend seen through much of January.

However, Adkins remains confident that his side is going about things in the right way in order to bring the wins that they need.

“We played against a full-strength Nottingham Forest in the cup last weekend and we won that game, and I would suggest that against Leeds United we played even better but we only drew 0-0,” said Adkins ahead of his side’s trip to Preston North End on Saturday.

“We are getting it right with performances and we’ll go again against Preston. They’ve just lost their centre forward to West Ham, but Preston are a good side and I’m sure this will be a tough game for both teams.

“Preston have done ever so well this season. They did well under Simon Grayson and now Alex Neil has kept that momentum going. They have a group of young, hungry players who have been developed over a period of time.

“It will be a tough game but I think they’ll be looking at it as a tough game for them as well. If you look at the series of performances that we’ve put in we’re competitive, we’re creating chances, we’re looking hard to beat and there’s a togetherness about us.

“Our players are having a right good go for each other and they’ve got the bit between their teeth.”

Tuesday night saw Adkins start with a more conventional 4-4-2 formation with Fraizer Campbell joining Nouha Dicko up front, and that is something that the Head Coach may look at again for this weekend.

“I don’t see it as a risk to do it away from home,” continued Adkins.

“We spoke on our first day here about how we would probably go and play with a 1-4-3-3, but I’ve played two up top, three at the back with two up top, a diamond…. We needed a shape that everybody understands and one that stops us from conceding goals and we addressed that.

“We’ve got that foundation and now it’s about building. We’re building to put the ball in certain areas to put it in the back of the net. Look at how much pressure we sustained in the attacking third of the pitch on Tuesday, and how strongly we finished the game again.

“I was delighted with Fraizer and I was delighted with Nouha. Both did well and helped put us on the front foot, but we’ve been on the front foot however we’ve played, whether with a two up front or a one off the front man.”