Mixed Emotions For Henriksen

12 November 2018
Markus Henriksen was delighted by the ‘character and desire’ shown in Hull City’s second half display at Birmingham City but was disappointed to miss out on all three points.

Che Adams’ first-half brace put the hosts in control at the break, but the Tigers responded in incredible fashion with three goals in a 23-minute spell after the break minutes. Fraizer Campbell’s brace – his fifth and sixth of the season – drew Nigel Adkins’ side level before Kamil Grosicki’s stunning free-kick made it 3-2 to the visitors with just 17 minutes to play.

However, hopes of a third straight win were ended when Adams completed his hat-trick six minutes from time to ensure the points were shared, leaving Henriksen with mixed emotions after the game.

“It was a very strange game,” he said. “We knew it was going to be tough. They’re undefeated at home for almost year now, so we knew it was going to be a difficult task for us.

“I felt as though we were comfortable the beginning and good control of the game but after two mistakes we found ourselves 2-0 down at the break. We spoke at half-time and we all knew it wasn’t good enough.

“The manager had words with us and, as a group of players, we were not happy at all. The manner in which we gave away the two goals in the first half is not good enough for this level.

“We were comfortable in the game but to concede from nothing on two separate occasions was both frustrating and simply not good enough.

“But, I am proud of the way the lads turned it round in the second half. We showed fantastic character and desire after the break and I am proud of every one of my team-mates for the way we dug in and fought our way back into the game.

“We did brilliantly as a team to get it to 3-2. And although it almost feels as though it’s two points dropped, we can’t be too downhearted. We have to take the positives from the second half.

“We would have taken a point at the break and that is what we came away with. It is still a little annoying though because we had put ourselves in a great position to take the three points.”

The point gained sees Adkins’ men head into the third international break of the campaign on the back of a three-game unbeaten run.

And although not enough to see Henriksen and his team-mates move out of the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship bottom three, the Norwegian believes the Tigers have given themselves a clear platform to build on when domestic football returns in two weeks’ time.

“We know performances and results haven’t been good enough so far this season, but we are now starting to find our feet,” he added

“The last month shows that we shouldn’t be where we are in the league. But we are and that’s our own fault.

“We’ve started to find a way how we should play, which is positive. We’re more solid and we’re showing character. Maybe we wouldn’t have come back in this game two or three months ago. For sure we didn’t have the same confidence as we have at the moment.

“It is good to be undefeated in our last three games, but we will not settle for that – we want to go further.

“We have another international break now and when we return to action we have back-to-back home games in which we will push for three points in both matches.”

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