Hull City

Focus On Performance

14 September 2018
Nigel Adkins is focussed on his side’s performance ahead of Saturday’s home game against Ipswich Town.

The Tigers will be looking for their second league win of the season as they return to action after the international break, with Adkins confident in the process his players are following.

“It’s our next game and it’s about can we keep improving on our last performance,” said Adkins.

“That was a good one against Derby County but it brought a sucker punch at the end because we didn’t capitalise on the chances that we had.

“We know that Saturday will be a tough game because Ipswich Town are an organised outfit. They don’t concede many goals from open play, so we have to break things down and look at how we can go and win this match.

“We’re focussed on the process of our performance and I’d say that in terms of the league fixtures so far, there’s only the Blackburn game where we have been disappointed with our performance. A couple of genuine individual mistakes have cost us in other games. We have to keep focussing on our performance because if we get that right, and sometimes find that little bit of fortune along the way, we have the chance to win games of football.”

The international break has given Adkins and his coaching staff the chance to do plenty of work both on and off the field, and the Head Coach is pleased with the response of his players.

“There’s a process that we’re working through and everyone is working really hard for the cause,” added Adkins.

“It’s good that we’ve increased the strength of the squad with two experienced Championship loan signings and everybody that hasn’t been away on international duty has trained really well in this last fortnight. We’ve done some physical testing, the same as we did on the first day of pre-season, and everybody has improved since then which is good and shows that the physical programme that we have in place has improved our levels of fitness.

“We now have a minimal injury list, too, the culture is good, the spirit is good and we’re looking forward to this next run of games which starts against Ipswich on Saturday.”