Spir­ited Tigers de­light boss Ad­kins after win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

HULL CITY climbed out of the Cham­pi­onship drop zone after an im­pres­sive away wn at in-form QPR.

Jar­rod Bowen scored twice for the Tigers as Rangers were un­able to avoid only their sec­ond de­feat in 10 Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship matches.

Goals from Bowen and Markus Hen­rik­sen had put Hull two up be­fore Pawel Ws­zolek pulled a goal back for Rangers, who went close to equal­is­ing when An­gel Ran­gel volleyed against the post shortly be­fore the in­ter­val.

A sec­ond-half on­slaught looked likely but did not ma­te­ri­alise and Bowen net­ted a vi­tal third, be­fore Luke Free­man net­ted in stop­page time,

Hull man­ager Nigel Ad­kins re­vealed a pre-match pep talk did the trick for Bowen, who was out­stand­ing through­out.

Bowen, who opened the scor­ing after just six min­utes, had net­ted just once in his pre­vi­ous nine matches.

“Jar­rod hadn’t scored for a few weeks and I said to him be­fore the game to just go and en­joy play­ing foot­ball,” Ad­kins re­vealed.

“Some­times things can start to build up a lit­tle bit and you just need to go and en­joy play­ing foot­ball.

“You can see he had that to­day and he worked for the team, scored two and could have had a cou­ple more.”

The vic­tory lifted City out of the bot­tom three and was their sec­ond win in their past three away games.

“I’m re­ally pleased for all the staff and play­ers. We’ve come away from home and again played re­ally good foot­ball,” Ad­kins said.

“We’ve got a team that are so com­mit­ted to the cause. The team ethos is there and they’ve run their socks off.

“They’ve com­peted and with­out any in­di­vid­ual the whole team have just worked their socks off again.

“We’ve been play­ing good foot- ball but been caught out by in­di­vid­ual mis­takes that have cost us games.

“But to­day we’ve scored three, could have scored a cou­ple more, and the spirit and com­mit­ment of the play­ers is there for all to see and has been for a while now,” he added. QPR: Lum­ley, Ran­gel (Smith 73), Leist­ner, Lynch, Bid­well, Luongo, Cameron (Hemed 63), Ws­zolek (Sa­muel 86), Eze, Free­man, Wells. Un­used sub­sti­tutes: In­gram, Fur­long, Cousins, Scowen. Hull: Mar­shall, Kane, El­ph­ick, Burke (De Wijs 46), Lichaj (McKen­zie 46), Bowen, Hen­rik­sen, Batty, Grosicki (Mazuch 74), Irvine, Camp­bell. Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Ste­wart, Long, Keane, Mar­tin. Ref­eree: J Simp­son (Lan­cashire).

JAR­ROD BOWEN: Net­ted twice for Hull City in their im­pres­sive 3-2 at in-form QPR at Lof­tus Road on Satur­day.

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