Nigel Adkins hails Hull City’s spirit after picking up a point at Hillsborough

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Nigel Adkins hails Hull City’s spirit after picking up a point at Hillsborough

Nigel Adkins has praised the character of his young Hull City side after holding out for their first points of the new Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Tigers started the brighter of the two at Hillsborough and after spurning three or four sterling opportunities got the goal through Fraizer Campbell.

However, when Reece Burke gave away a penalty in the second half – a decision which Adkins feels was unjust – Fernando Forestieri didn’t need a second invitation to level the scores from the spot, swaying momentum in the hosts favour.

Nevertheless, after the Tigers weathered the Owls’ storm, Adkins was content to come away from South Yorkshire with a point after an encouraging display.

“We’ve come away from home, Hillsborough is always going to be a challenging place to come to,” Adkins said after the game. “It’s the first points on the board and I thought we started brightly and we could have scored a couple of goals.

“We scored the goal, it was an excellent finish from Fraizer Campbell and it was only what we deserved. We were good with the ball and it at times it was end to end, Marshall made a couple of saves with his feet.

“For me the big turning point was the penalty, in my opinion it’s not a penalty, out defender is in the act of kicking the ball and the referee deems it a penalty and they score from it and then they had more momentum.

“But you’ve seen we have a spirit and we have a young team, a new team, who want to do the right things and work hard for each other so for me I look at that as we got our first point on the board but we were looking for three and on another day we would have got that.”

The Tigers came into the game at Hillsborough having been on the end of a 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, in which goalkeeper, David Marshall and Jordy de Wijs committed costly errors.

However, Adkins stuck with the pair and was delighted with the performance of the duo against Wednesday.

“Marshall made one mistake on Monday and it’s been highlighted, but he’s responded in the right manner and he’s made some good saves today,” the head coach added.

“Likewise Jody de Wijs has had a good game today too. We’re a young team and it’s how we respond.

“I think we’ve had the biggest turnover of players with players that have the club and new ones coming in and again we’re a small squad of players, so we’ve seen the spirit because we could have gone under but we didn’t.”

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