Hull City

Adkins To Make Changes For Derby Cup Test

27 August 2018
Nigel Adkins will once again make changes to his side for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup Round Tie at home to Derby County.

The Tigers’ Head Coach made wholesale changes away at Sheffield United in the previous round – handing Adam Curry a senior debut whilst also giving the likes of Kevin Stewart, Nouha Dicko, Jon Toral, Will Keane, Robbie McKenzie and Brandon Fleming the chance to shine from the off in a 5-3-2 formation.

And with his team playing their seventh game in the space of 22 days, Adkins will look to utilise his squad for the first game in this week’s double header against Frank Lampard’s Rams.

“There’ll be changes – just like we did in the first round against Sheffield United,” he said.

“There’ll be changes across the board because of the demands and the hectic schedule in the opening month of the season.

“There’s a good chance George Long will play on Tuesday night for what will be his competitive debut for the Club.

“I made nine changes at Sheffield United and the one outfield player that I kept in the side – Reece Burke – picked up an injury and missed the Blackburn Rovers game as a result, so I’m very mindful of that.

“I’m also mindful of the youngsters that came into the side at Bramall Lane and performed fantastically well because they deserve another chance to impress.

“The likes of Adam Curry, Robbie McKenzie and Brandon Fleming – I’d have no hesitations in putting them in the side again. Their attitude and application has been spot on from day one of pre-season and getting more senior minutes under their belts will only aid their development.

“We’ve also got a number of other players that need to get some valuable game time and opportunities to play as well.

“But, just as we did in the previous round, we’re going into the game wanting to progress in the competition. We want to win the game and book our place in the next round. That is our only aim.”