Post-Match Reaction: Nigel Adkins

13 March 2019
Nigel Adkins was disappointed with some of his side’s defending as Hull City went down to a 3-2 defeat against league leaders Norwich City on Wednesday night.

The Tigers found themselves 2-0 down inside 14 minutes at Carrow Road but responded just before half time when Marc Pugh pulled a goal back. Norwich extended their lead on the hour but Chris Martin set up a tense finish with a header four minutes from time, however it was the early goals that proved costly.

“We started the game well and were on the front foot in the first ten minutes,” said Adkins.

“This is a very good Norwich side and we wanted to try and get at them, intercept and counter-attack because we’ve been very good at that this season. We did that well to start with, but then the opening goal that we conceded just isn’t acceptable at this level. It was horrendous defending.

“The second goal is a poor one, too, and we were up against it because Norwich were popping the ball around.

“Marc Pugh then scores a great goal right on half time and it was game on. I thought we did well for the first 15 minutes of the second half but then there’s an unbelievable touch from their lad in the build-up to their third goal. Again I thought we should have got a block in after that, so I’m disappointed with all three goals that we’ve conceded but again, against a very good side.

“We were still trying to get something out of the game, though, and we should have had a penalty – a stonewall penalty – which could have got us back to 3-2. Chris Martin did get us back into it with a good header and maybe we didn’t get the rub of the green.

“It was always going to be a challenging game against a very good side that is incisive in its passing, and goals change the complexion of games. We’ve conceded three poor ones here, but scored two good ones.

“We’re looking to address our away form and I thought we did well in patches tonight, but we’re disappointed with the manner in which we’ve conceded three goals.”

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