Bowen arrows in to end poor run
JARROD BOWEN and Hull City ended their miserable runs to send winless Ipswich Town to the foot of the table.
No Championship player had more shots without a goal than striker Bowen until yesterday but his 16th effort of the season in the third minute broke his duck and sent Nigel Adkins’ side on their way to a valuable win.
The victory was only Hull’s second of the season and spared Adkins an unwanted club record of seven home games without a win.
The Tigers boss was delighted with Bowen, who scored 14 last season, and a back four which kept its first clean sheet of the season.
Adkins said: “Jarrod has shown that determination we needed.
“He has shown a real desire and tenacity to score which was typical of our performance. It was dogged.
“At the start of the season we were young and hungry but I look around now and I see a strong group of players who want to do well. The togetherness is there for everyone to see and we have to be dogged to grind out results.
“We have been playing really good football without winning at home but we have that victory now, a clean sheet and three points and it is a good start to a tough week.”
Irvine Jackson’s last-minute strike settled the game but Ipswich would have been fortunate to get everything after relying on half chances at set-pieces and hardly forcing a save from David Marshall.
Tractor Boys boss Paul Hurst said: “Both their goals were avoidable and came from our mistakes and terrible decisions on our part. You can talk about systems but keeping the ball out of our net and being ruthless and having enough desire is far more important.
“That was probably the poorest we have been and it is getting to the stage where of course everyone is concerned with the run of form and results.”
ON THE MARK: Jarrod Bowen ■RYAN MIGHTY: Ryan Fraser celebrates