Hull City

Post-Match Reaction: Nigel Adkins

05 May 2019
Nigel Adkins had no real complaints about the Bristol City goal that denied his Hull City side a win on the final day of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Jackson Irvine had put Adkins’ men on course for all three points at the KCOM Stadium, but the visitors snatched a draw with a last-minute effort that was initially flagged as offside but eventually given after a consultation between the referee and his assistant.

The point saw the Tigers finish the season in 13th-place in the Sky Bet Championship table, five places higher than 12 months ago.

“George Long made an unbelievable save, their player heads it and then their player on the line is in an offside position,” said Adkins.

“The assistant thought that player had touched the ball, the fourth official and all of the players did too but the referee, from where he was standing, didn’t. The officials have communicated and the referee has allowed the goal to stand. Having watched it back on video, it’s very close. The ball might have brushed the player’s sock – it’s very difficult for the officials. I went and spoke to the referee after the game and said that, on reflection, he probably got the decision right.

“I thought it was a good game of football and again we’ve seen a passion, a commitment and a character from the players. It’s a great goal from Jackson Irvine and we could have had more with a couple of good crosses that were just ahead of our players and Jackson seeing one blocked on the line.

“The pathway is again clear for all to see with the amount of Academy players we had on the pitch at the end.

“It has to be classed as a good season, from where we started from. We’ve finished 13th in the table and improved on last year.”