Plenty to an­a­lyse for Hull man­ager Ad­kins

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

HULL CITY man­ager Nigel Ad­kins had an un­happy re­turn to the club he man­aged four years ago.

Read­ing went ahead in the fourth minute when Sam Bal­dock pounced from close range fol­low­ing a cor­ner from Le­an­dro Ba­cuna.

Hull of­fered lit­tle go­ing for­ward and con­ceded twice more in the last 20 min­utes. Jon Dadi Bod­vars­son tucked in his fifth goal of the cam­paign and de­fender Andy Yi­adom added his first goal for the club.

Cen­tre-back John O’Shea was sent off near the end for a last­man foul on Chris Martin, but Read­ing still eased to just their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

Ad­kins ad­mit­ted: “We were very poor in the first half-hour in par­tic­u­lar.

“We came here with a pos­i­tive mind­set, but we’ve con­ceded very early in the game from a cor­ner. That gave Read­ing a big uplift. For that first half-hour we were sec­ond best all across the pitch.

“Read­ing won ev­ery first ball, sec­ond ball and we were a yard off every­body. To­wards the end of the first half we got back into it and we started the game bet­ter in the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

“We passed the ball bet­ter and we were prob­a­bly in the as­cen­dancy. But the sec­ond goal that we con­ceded, that was prob­a­bly Read­ing’s first foray into our penalty area in the sec­ond half.

“We’ve got four or five play­ers in there who should have tack­led the player who scored. That’s then given the as­cen­dancy back to Read­ing again. We’ve just got to go away and an­a­lyse it all. Then we’ve got to go again.”

Read­ing: Walker, Ti­ago Ilori, O’Shea, Moore, Yi­adom, Ba­cuna, Eza­to­lahi (Swift 68), Kelly (Gunter 85), Sims, Bod­vars­son, Bal­dock (Bar­row 69). Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Aluko, Meite, McNulty, Jaakkola.

Hull City: Mar­shall, Lichaj, El­ph­ick, Burke, Kings­ley, Bowen (Grosicki 63), Hen­rik­sen, Ste­wart (Martin 63), Kane, Irvine, Camp­bell.

Un­used sub­sti­tutes: De Wijs, Dicko, To­ral, Long, McKen­zie. Ref­eree: J Simp­son (Lan­cashire).

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