Tigers must push on to com­plete job – Ad­kins

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

HULL man­ager Nigel Ad­kins in­sists his side have not guar­an­teed their Cham­pi­onship safety.

Goals from Harry Wil­son, Kamil Grosicki, Abel Hernandez and an own goal from goal­keeper Alex Smithies gave Hull vic­tory be­fore QPR had Ne­dum On­uoha sent off in stop­page time.

The re­sult left the Tigers seven points clear of the drop zone on 44 points with five matches to go.

Hull have picked up five points from their last three matches, in­clud­ing cred­itable draws with As­ton Villa and Wolves, and Ad­kins be­lieves his team have to repli­cate their re­cent per­for­mances to avoid League One foot­ball.

Ad­kins said: “We need more points. The points we have now are not go­ing to be enough. What are we on now, 45? 44? That’s not enough points to stay up.

“So we have to keep driv­ing ev­ery­body to keep work­ing hard for the next one. That’s the way I’m view­ing it. Like­wise, we want to be build­ing to­wards next sea­son.

“QPR have been in good form, ex­cel­lent form, so we knew it was go­ing to be chal­leng­ing. For me it was a good re­sult.

“My fo­cus has been on ‘the next game is the most im­por­tant one’, and that’s go­ing to con­tinue un­til the end of the sea­son be­cause I want to drive the level of per­for­mance that con­sis­tently gives our­selves an op­por­tu­nity.”

QPR man­ager Ian Hol­loway said his side let down for­mer player-man­ager Ray Wilkins, who died aged 61 on Wed­nes­day.

Both sets of fans, in com­mon with crowds at all the other games, paid trib­ute to the for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional with a minute’s ap­plause be­fore kick-off.

Hull City: McGre­gor, Aina, Daw­son, Hec­tor, Clark, Hen­rik­sen, Lars­son, Bowen (Grosicki 52), To­ral (Irvine 59), Wil­son, Hernandez (Camp­bell 71). Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Meyler, Mar­shall, To­mori, MacDon­ald.

Queens Park Rangers: Smithies, Fur­long, On­uoha, Lynch (Robin­son 15), Bidwell, Luongo, Scowen, Man­ning (Sylla 46), Free­man, Ws­zolek (Sa­muel 67), Eze. Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Cousins, In­gram, Bap­tiste, Smyth.

Ref­eree: G El­tring­ham (Tyne & Wear).

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