Nigel Adkins was pleased with what he saw from his Hull City side as they held Newcastle United to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night.
The Tigers produced their most encouraging performance of pre-season as they more than matched their Premier League opponents at the KCOM Stadium.
After falling behind to Joselu’s 15th-minute opener, Adkins’ side responded in fine fashion to level before the break through Todd Kane’s close-range finish. Evandro then fired Adkins’ men into a lead on the hour mark, giving the home side an advantage they held until Ayoze Perez drew the Magpies level three minutes from time.
Fitness was once again the main goal as the players look to regain their sharpness ahead of the new Championship campaign – with nine players getting 90 minutes under their belt. Nevertheless, Adkins felt there were still plenty of positives to take from his team’s display.
The Tigers’ Head Coach said: “It was a pleasing performance that showed real signs of progression.
“We talked to the players before the game and told them all we were interested in was the performance – that was the important thing for me.
“The pitch looked magnificent and when you’re playing on a surface as good as that, you want to be able to pass the ball well and I think we did that.
“I thought we were a little bit too slow with our passing in the first half, but we improved on that after the break.
“Overall, it was a good team display and one that definitely gave us lots of positives to build on as we continue our preparations ahead of the start of the season.
“We could’ve actually scored a few more goals on the night, and obviously it was disappointing to concede the second goal in the manner we did coming from a set-piece, but I can’t be too downhearted.
“I’ve got to be positive about the good things we’ve done. It’s a new team, a young team and a hungry team. It’s a team that wants to do well for this club.
“The spirit amongst the players has been excellent from day one of pre-season. We’ve worked them hard and, to a man, they’ve matched that. I’m pleased with both their fitness levels and their application on the pitch.”