Post-Match Reaction: Nigel Adkins

10 November 2018
Nigel Adkins was left to reflect on a fascinating Sky Bet Championship fixture after seeing his Hull City side draw 3-3 at Birmingham City on Saturday.

The Tigers came roaring back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 thanks to goals from the in-form Fraizer Campbell (2) and Kamil Grosicki, but Birmingham’s Che Adams completed his hat-trick late on to earn the home team a share of the points.

“Going in at half time 2-0 down after two very uncharacteristic lapses from two centre halves who have been in good form of late was very frustrating. I was annoyed because tactically we were set up to cause them problems but we didn’t execute it well enough.

“We made a tactical change at the break and went almost with a front four of Bowen, Grosicki, Martin and Campbell. We got the ball forward quicker and increased our tempo because the first half was too stop-start.

“I still felt that the game was there to be won and I was pleased with the reaction from there. Fraizer’s first goal was great movement from him and a great ball in from Grosicki. We were on the front foot from that point and Fraizer bagged himself another – he’s in good form right now. Grosicki’s stuck one in the top corner to put us in front and it was a really end-to-end game.

“Fraizer ran himself into the ground and came off feeling his calf, and then Kamil was feeling his hamstring. Ideally you don’t want to make that change. We’re in a position to win the game and then a miss-kick in our own box falls to them to equalise.

“Yes we could have put ourselves in a better position at half time, but the players have applied themselves and shown the desire to come back from 2-0 down. We haven’t been beaten having been 2-0 down. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game, but an unfortunate moment gets them level again and that is what happens when you’re down at the bottom end of the table.

“We’ve again seen a group of players that is committed to each other and is working its socks off and that can take us a long way.”

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