Adkins salutes Hull supporters but urges end to protests over club ownership

Hull City

Nigel Adkins praised the Hull fans for their continuous support during the 1-0 win over Sheffield United but has called for an end to the protests as the Tigers

Hull supporters have long been frustrated with the ownership of Assem Allam and their protests spilled on to the pitch with 19.04 on the clock – marking the year in which the club was formed – as sponge balls were thrown on to surface and whistles were blown.

Further whistles and chants of ‘we want Allam out’ came on the 30-minute mark as the fans had little first-half action to support.

But Nouha Dicko grabbed the only goal of the match 10 minutes after the restart to move them three points clear of the Sky Bet Championship drop zone.

Adkins said: ‘The supporters played their role and got behind the team in important stages of the game and the whistles created an atmosphere in the stadium.

‘I thought a lot of the supporters got behind the team so thank you very much for that. It was a difficult evening for everybody but we got a well deserved victory, the protest is now done.

‘There are going to be meetings between the owners and the protesters so everybody will be around a table and if they wanted to achieve something, it’s achieved because they are sitting around a table and it’s got to be for the good of the football club, because we all want what is best for Hull City.’

Adkins was delighted with Hull’s display and is confident his squad can pull together and keep their head above water at the end of the season.

‘It was another good performance from the players,’ he added. ‘We started with an intensity about ourselves and we got on the front foot.

‘Clean sheet. Really pleasing. The whole group contributed, not just 11 players. We made changes, we talked about it, and we will make changes again on Tuesday evening. We need that intensity and focus.

‘That’s seven undefeated at the KCOM now, which is pleasing. We are in that stage of the season now where we are in a relegation battle and the players are committed.’

Blades boss Chris Wilder launched a scathing attack on his side andhas questioned whether they can reach the play-offs at the end of the season, despite being two points off sixth-placed Bristol City.

He said: ‘We didn’t deserve anything. It was poor, a disappointing night for us.

‘I think I have got the maximum out of our players so I will stop pretending that we have a chance of getting in the top six. I’ll stop wasting my energy on that one.

‘These are the nights where it sorts out the men from the boys when you want big performances on a cold night in Hull, and I said to the boys that every one of those teams in the top six, possibly the top 10, would have come here and would have got the job done.

‘For me to think we have an opportunity of top six, I must be off my nut; I must be on something.

‘We were laboured, no energy and no drive. Maybe, I have got the maximum of everything I have been given. Possibly, you can only take a team so far.’