Hull City Tigers

Adkins: We Won’t Underestimate Rotherham

12 February 2019
Nigel Adkins insists his Hull City side will not underestimate Rotherham United ahead of this evening’s Sky Bet Championship’s clash at the KCOM Stadium.

The Tigers host the Millers – who are currently 21st in the table – looking to produce an immediate response to Saturday’s 2-0 away at Derby County. Adkins men will also be aiming to extend an impressive run of form on home soil that has brought five successive wins and seen eleven unanswered goals scored since the turn of the year.

Rotherham are yet to win on their travels this season and make the trip to East Yorkshire looking for a first away win in their last 40 Championship matches on the road, but Adkins was quick to stress Paul Warne’s side cannot be taken lightly.

“We’ve been very good at home, keeping lots of clean sheets and scoring plenty of goals,” said Adkins.

“The expectation will be that we have to win the game but we know that this will be a tough game from the very first minute.

“It’s going to be a totally different game to Saturday at Derby. Rotherham will be a threat. They’ve created more chances from set-plays than any team in the division. That’s all of the Championship. The ball will be coming into our box from all over the pitch and we’ve got to be able to deal with that.

“We can have all the ball we want but if we don’t defend that threat from set-plays, we’re going to have problems. We’ve got to make sure we’re up for that in a big way.

“We’ve been in good form at home so we’ve got to make sure we bring that to the table but we’ve also got to deny them the opportunities.

“People will expect us to win the game because we’re facing a team lower than us in the table.

“But, we know what the Championship is and we know we can’t just turn up and think we’ll get three points. We’ve got to be bang on it and that’ll be the message.

“The players know it’s going to be a right battle tonight and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for that.”

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