Spir­ited Tigers re­ward Ad­kins with vi­tal win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

NIGEL AD­KINS saw Hull City pass a ma­jor test of their Cham­pi­onship spirit af­ter grind­ing out vic­tory at fel­low strug­glers Bolton Wan­der­ers.

Fraizer Camp­bell’s sev­en­th­minute strike set­tled a keen­ly­con­tested en­counter in which Bolton lacked the at­tack­ing acu­men to se­ri­ously trou­ble Hull goal­keeper David Mar­shall, who kept a wel­come clean sheet.

De­spite Satur­day’s win, Hull re­main in the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion zone and had lost their pre­vi­ous five away games.

But Tigers boss Ad­kins is adamant his team de­served more from re­cent per­for­mances.

He said: “We’ve cre­ated a lot of chances in the last run of games we’ve had and here we’ve come away from home and kept a clean sheet.

“You could see there’s a spirit and to­geth­er­ness amongst the play­ers – ev­ery­one con­trib­uted.

“The cul­ture at the train­ing ground has been ex­cep­tional. We’ve got char­ac­ters and we treat them well. We work them very hard and de­mand a lot from them, but ev­ery­one en­joys com­ing into work.

“Things have maybe gone against us a lit­tle bit but we pre­pare for every game.

“On a daily ba­sis we’ve got eve- ry­one con­tribut­ing,” said Ad­kins. “I’m al­ways op­ti­mistic about what we do. We’ve got a team and a be­long­ing here.

“These are the times when you find out about the peo­ple you’ve got around you.

“We scored early for a change. It was a good fin­ish from Fraizer Camp­bell.

“We’ve cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties early in pre­vi­ous games and this time we’ve taken one.”

With just one win from their last 11 Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship games, for­mer Brad­ford City boss Parkin­son’s team were jeered off the pitch by fac­tions of frus­trated home sup­port­ers.

NIGEL AD­KINS: Hull City man­ager saw his side gain a wel­come three points at Bolton.

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