Adkins: Work To Do - Hull City

Adkins: Work To Do

Nigel Adkins stressed that there was still work to be done after Hull City’s pre-season draw at Barnsley on Saturday.

Jarrod Bowen’s 33rd-minute strike ensured the spoils were shared at Oakwell, cancelling out Kenny Dougall’s third-minute opener for the Tykes.

The result brought a second successive stalemate for the Tigers following the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United on home soil in midweek, and Adkins accepts his side have room for improvement ahead of the start of the Championship campaign.

“Again, it was another good workout for us,” he said. “We’ve had four good – and most importantly – tough games this week which has been good for us. There has been plenty of positives for us to take, but at the same time there are still things for us to work on – that’s perfectly clear. We know there’s still some improvement to come from us.

“It was frustrating to concede early doors on Saturday but we showed good character to respond to that disappointment and get back on level terms before the break. We grew into the first half and finished strongly which was obviously a positive for us.

“However, the second half wasn’t good enough for my liking, especially in terms of chances created, so there is lots for us to go back and work on. I want us to keep improving in everything we do and the players are well aware of that because we’ve spoken about it in the dressing room.

“As I say, we’re still a work in progress. We just need to go again. We’ll get back to the training ground and we’ll keep working hard. We’ll go back to the training pitch and try to put things right, whilst working on the principles that we want to maintain this season.”