Hull City

Post-Match Reaction: Nigel Adkins

06 January 2019
Nigel Adkins spoke to the media after seeing Hull City exit the Emirates FA Cup at the third round stage following a 2-1 defeat at Millwall on Sunday.

The Tigers had taken the lead early in the second half through Jon Toral’s second goal of the season, but two late Shane Ferguson goals saw the Lions turn it around to claim a place in the fourth round draw.

Here’s some of what the Head Coach had to say afterwards.

“We knew it would be a challenging game with their direct nature and we knew we would have to defend well.

“We had some youngsters involved which is important and Robbie McKenzie equipped himself really well against Tom Elliott. Ondrej Mazuch playing 90 minutes was a big positive for us and we’ve seen Jon Toral come in and score a really good goal.

“That got us in front but credit to Millwall for coming back. We knew their set-pieces would be a threat because they are a big side and we were quite small in our stature. We’ve left two up top at corners all afternoon and dealt well with them all afternoon but the short corner has done us for the equaliser, although it was also a great finish from Ferguson and likewise from his free kick that won them the game. Two set-plays have cost us.

“However, this game was a valuable experience for some of our younger players. Keane Lewis-Potter has come on to make his debut, Max Sheaf has got some more minutes and it’s another great experience for Robbie McKenzie. We want to make sure there’s a pathway for our youngsters. They’ve dealt with Millwall’s physical nature really well but we didn’t get the scoreline we were after.

“Players coming back from injury have also got some valuable game time, too. Unfortunately we couldn’t quite see the game out after going in front.”