Ad­kins dis­mayed by Hull’s er­rors at Stoke

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

HULL CITY man­ager Nigel Ad­kins was frus­trated at the Tigers’ dis­play in the Pot­ter­ies.

Stoke City claimed their first win of the sea­son af­ter James Mc­Clean gave them the lead and Mame Bi­ram Diouf ’s ef­fort looped into the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter de­flect­ing off Tigers de­fender Jordy de Wijs.

Hull had Evan­dro sent off on the hour mark for a dan­ger­ous tackle af­ter re­act­ing to a chal­lenge from Joe Allen.

Ad­kins said: “We’ve come away from home and we’ve con­ceded a goal from a cor­ner and we have to ad­dress that, I feel.

“I felt David Mar­shall dealt with the first ball in, punched it re­ally well. It’s gone out­side the penalty area and Mc­Clean has driven it back in. It’s gone through two peo­ple’s sets of legs, and the sec­ond one is de­flected, so we didn’t get the rub of the green.

“I think we started the sec­ond half well. I’m look­ing to make two sub­sti­tu­tions – I have Will Keane and Nouha Dicko wait­ing to come on while I take off Evan­dro and Fraizer Camp­bell – but as they are stood wait­ing Evan­dro gets sent off.

“Hav­ing wanted to get back into the game, we were 2-0 down with 10 men so it was al­ways go­ing to be chal­leng­ing.”

Stoke’s first goal came nine min­utes in when the ball dropped to Mc­Clean on the edge of the penalty area af­ter Hull failed to fully clear Allen’s pass from the left. The Ir­ish­man struck left­footed through a crowd of play­ers, beat­ing Tigers goal­keeper David Mar­shall.

Hull re­sponded and Evan­dro’s vol­ley was di­rected straight at home goal­keeper Jack But­land, then Fraizer Camp­bell sliced his swiv­el­ling shot wide.

Stoke should have been fur­ther in front at half-time, go­ing close through cap­tain Ryan Shawcross, who glanced Allen’s cor­ner wide, while Saido Ber­ahino could only aim his thump­ing at­tempt off tar- get. When the game re­sumed af­ter the break, Stoke tried to kill off the con­test.

Mar­shall had to be at his best to keep out head­ers in quick suc­ces­sion from Cuco Martina and Diouf prior to the hosts go­ing 2-0 up.

A sweep­ing move ended with Diouf ’s 59th-minute shot at goal be­ing de­flected into the net with the help of de­fender De Wijs, with the ball find­ing the cor­ner of Mar­shall’s net.


NIGEL AD­KINS: Saw his Hull City side fall to de­feat at Stoke City and have Evan­dro shown a red card.

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