Hull City

Players Gave Everything – Adkins

19 April 2019
Nigel Adkins admitted there was a feeling of frustration after his Hull City side were beaten 3-2 by West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Good Friday.

Needing a win to keep alive any genuine hopes of securing a play-off place, the Tigers had come from a goal down to lead 2-1 in the second half but succumbed to a goal from a set-piece and another that appeared to feature an offside in the build-up, leaving them seven points off the play-offs with three games to play.

“I thought we were unfortunate to go in at half time 1-0 down and I’d like to think that we could have marked the lad that scored better,” said Adkins.

“We responded well and got ourselves 2-1 up with half an hour to go with two great goals from Todd Kane. We were in the ascendency and we played some good stuff against a team that is in the play-off places.

“The pivotal goal really is the one that made it 2-2 and we’d highlighted their threat from set-pieces, and then unfortunately their winner is offside. You can clearly see watching it back that the lad that crossed the ball was offside when he received it. The assistant hasn’t given it and there were two or three decisions in the game that didn’t go our way.

“The players have given everything once again and maybe haven’t had the rub of the green and that’s frustrating. It didn’t help losing Markus Henriksen through injury in the first half and then Reece Burke in the second half – two key players for us, especially when marking up at set-pieces.

“We were chasing a play-off place and we needed a win in this one but it hasn’t quite worked out. Mathematically it is still there, but you have to be realistic as well. We’ve taken it all the way to the last couple of weeks and great credit to the players and staff for that.

“We’ve got a big home game on Monday now and we’re on a good run of form at home so we want to keep that going. We’ll get over the disappointment of this result and prepare well on Saturday and Sunday as we look to put in another good performance on Monday.”

Adkins admitted that both Henriksen and Burke are major doubts ahead of the Easter Monday home game against Sheffield United with back and ankle injuries respectively.