Adkins Urges Players To Build On Ipswich Win

18 September 2018
Nigel Adkins has urged his Hull City side to build on their first home win of the season when they travel to Wigan Athletic this evening.

Jarrod Bowen and Jackson Irvine were on the scoresheet as the Tigers registered a 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town at the KCOM Stadium at the weekend, although Adkins knows his players will face a much tougher test when coming up against the Latics at the DW Stadium.

Paul Cook’s side won the League One title at a canter last season to bounce back at the first attempt following relegation from the Championship in 2016/17 and have quickly settled into life back in the second tier by racking up three wins from their opening seven games.

“It will be a really difficult game,” said Adkins. “Cookie (Paul Cook) has done a really good job at Wigan. He has got them promoted and it is a tough place to go.

“They play good football, they are strong and they are physical. They have also got a goal threat so we know it will be challenging for us.

“Having got the win ourselves at the weekend, it gives us confidence going into the game but we know it will be tough.”

The Tigers’ Head Coach has hinted at making a number of changes to his side for the trip to Greater Manchester as he looks to keep his players fresh during the current hectic Championship schedule, which sees the Tigers play six games in the space of 22 days in-between international breaks.

Jon Toral, Will Keane, Eric Lichaj and David Milinković all failed to make the bench on Saturday and could into contention, whilst Chris Martin is in line to makes his first start following his loan move from Derby County after coming off the bench late on against Ipswich. Fitness concerns over Dan Batty also mean Kevin Stewart and Jackson Irvine could come back into the starting line-up in midfield.

“I said to the players ahead of the Ipswich game that all of the squad will be used,” he added.

“There were four players who didn’t even make the bench on Saturday and this is what we wanted at the start of the season.

“Not everyone can play and they know that. But they’ve got to be ready for the next time they play and be part of a team. If you want to be successful, you need strength in depth.

“There’s a team ethos we’ve got and if everyone can just do their best, the team will do well.

“I want all the players to buy into that culture. Together everyone achieves more. It’s a simple thing.

“Competition for places drives performances and if you improve your performances you’ve got more chance of winning games.”

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