Ad­kins joy as Hull go nine clear

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Hull City de­lighted boss Nigel Ad­kins with a tremen­dous 3-0 Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship vic­tory at Ip­swich last night.

A sec­ond win in four days lifted the Tigers to 17th place, nine points above the drop zone, with nine games to go.

Markus Hen­rik­sen’s 18th-minute opener was added to by Harry Wil­son and Jar­rod Bowen (pic­tured) ei­ther side of half­time.

Ad­kins en­thused: “It was an ex­cel­lent away per­for­mance from the play­ers to back up a good win at the week­end against Nor­wich.

“That’s back-to-back vic­to­ries and to come away from home and get a clean sheet and three good goals.

“Our per­for­mance has been con­sis­tently good and I’m re­ally pleased with the play­ers to win a game of foot­ball away from home.

“It was com­pet­i­tive at the start of the game and we have gone and scored a good goal from Markus Hen­rik­sen from dis­tance and hit the post (Bowen), and then a great left-footed cross for Harry Wil­son at the far post with a re­ally good com­posed fin­ish.

“Yes, Al­lan McGre­gor’s made a re­ally good save on the counter in the first half and then we have gone and scored a re­ally good goal and an im­por­tant one af­ter half-time.

“Jar­rod Bowen goes and scores and I thought we de­fended re­ally well, good com­pact shape.”

Ip­swich man­ager Mick McCarthy called for unity af­ter his side were ham­mered. The un­der­fire ex-Sun­der­land boss said: “It’s a mat­ter of stick­ing to­gether and not frag­ment­ing be­cause if we do it will re­ally go pear­shaped.

“As long as the lads are with me, I can stand any­thing.”

Else­where in the Cham­pi­onship, lead­ers Wolves beat Read­ing 3-0, thanks to de­fender Matt Do­herty (2) and loa­nee Benik Afobe.

Vic­tory en­sured they stayed three points ahead of Cardiff, who came from 1-0 down to win 3-1 at Brent­ford, thanks to strikes from Sol Bamba, Cal­lum Pater­son and Ken­neth Zo­hore.

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