Tigers’ ‘spirit’ amounts to lit­tle against For­est

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - Hull City:

HULL CITY boss Nigel Ad­kins ad­mit­ted he was “dis­ap­pointed” with his play­ers’ ef­forts af­ter they suf­fered their first de­feat in four games.

The Tigers had gone un­beaten in three matches go­ing into Satur­day’s KCOM en­counter, but they re­main in deep rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble with only Ip­swich Town below them in the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble.

Ai­tor Karanka’s Not­ting­ham For­est con­trolled the game for long pe­ri­ods, with per­haps the big­gest sur­prise be­ing that they did not score in the first half.

But once Lewis Grab­ban seized upon a des­per­ate mis­take from Hull de­fender Jordy De Wijs af­ter 61 min­utes, the game was ef­fec­tively over.

Joe Lol­ley dou­bled For­est’s lead just three min­utes later – al­beit via a de­flec­tion – but the score­line could have been much more em­phatic had Hull goal­keeper David Mar­shall not pro­duced a string of fine saves late into the game.

Ad­kins felt De Wijs’s er­ror was the de­ci­sive mo­ment of the match.

“We’ve gifted them the op­por­tu­nity to win the game and they have gone and cap­i­talised on that,” said the Tigers’ man­ager.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing. It’s an­other shock­ing goal from an in­di­vid­ual mis­take and then they get a de­flec­tion (for the sec­ond goal).

“It’s fair to say they got too much pos­ses­sion of the foot­ball for my lik­ing in the first half.

“We started the sec­ond half well but it (For­est’s open­ing goal) was from our cross and then they’ve coun­tered the length of the pitch.

“All of a sud­den, the game that you are in goes against you.

“I was very dis­ap­pointed with our fi­nal half (an hour) – we were nowhere near where we need to be.

“But you’ve got to give For­est credit as they passed the ball well.

“There was a good spirit go­ing into the game – a de­sire to do well DIS­AP­POINT­MENT: – but goals do change the com­plex­ion of things.”

A de­lighted Karanka said he was pleased to see the con­tin­u­ing de­vel­op­ment of his For­est team.

“We are show­ing we are still im­prov­ing and I’m re­ally pleased,” he said.

“We want to keep grow­ing and with this qual­ity on the pitch we can do nice things. The main thing for me is that I can feel the im­prove­ment ev­ery sin­gle game.”


Hull City man­ager Nigel Ad­kins felt his play­ers were below stan­dard in the fi­nal half hour.

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