Hull City

Post-Match Reaction: Nigel Adkins

13 April 2019
Nigel Adkins felt things didn’t go his side’s way but praised the efforts of his Hull City players following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

Penalty appeals, shots against the woodwork and missed chances were all a feature of a dominant second half display at the Riverside Stadium, but the Tigers fell to a Britt Assombalonga strike in the opening 45 minutes.

“We should have had a penalty for the foul on Fraizer Campbell in the second half and I’m not sure how it hasn’t been given. He’s got a tap-in at the far post there but gets pulled back,” said Adkins.

“We’ve dominated that second half and you can see how their goalkeeper Darren Randolph has got in the team of the season because he’s made an unbelievable save from Kamil Grosicki’s free kick at the end. He’s got a fingertip on it to get it onto the underside of the bar and the ball has bounced down right on the line – maybe that’s the fortune that we haven’t had on the day.

“We created a lot of good chances and played some really good football. It’s a shame we conceded in the first half because we were okay for the first 20 minutes of the game and we could have defended better for the goal.

“We’ve gone out there looking to win the game and unfortunately we haven’t. We hope that their player Daniel Ayala is okay having been stretchered off. He was down for a long time, six minutes and 45 seconds, yet we only played seven minutes of added time at the end and we were in the ascendency at that point.

“Maybe things just didn’t go our way but our players deserve a lot of credit. You can’t fault them for their effort and you can’t fault them for the exciting football and the amount of chances created against a side that is very hard to break down.”

Despite the defeat, the Tigers still remain five points shy of the play-off places with four games to play.

“We’ll go through the processes that we have done all season,” continued Adkins.

“At the end of the season we’ll see how many points we’ve got. I’ve said from the outset that you’ve got to get more than 70 points so we need to win all four of our remaining games to achieve that.

“We’ll prepare for the next game and do everything that we can to go and win it.