Hull prepared for aerial bombardment – Adkins

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Hull boss Nigel Adkins is refusing to look past Rotherham despite their recent struggles ahead of Tuesday's clash at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull boss Nigel Adkins is refusing to look past Rotherham despite their recent struggles ahead of Tuesday’s clash at the KCOM Stadium.

The Tigers flirted with relegation earlier in the season before an improvement in form from late October has seen them emerge as potential play-off contenders.

They lost just once in 14 Championship games from October 27 until January 19 and are just seven points adrift of the top six.

A defeat at Derby on Saturday disrupted their momentum but they will be hoping to bounce back at home to struggling Rotherham, who are yet to win away this season.

Adkins is quietly confident of coming out on top but has also warned his men about the danger of overlooking the Millers.

‘We’ve been very good at home, keeping lots of clean sheets and scoring plenty of goals,’ Adkins told Hull’s official website.

‘The expectation will be that we have to win the game but we know that this will be a tough game from the very first minute.

‘It’s going to be a totally different game to Saturday at Derby.

Rotherham will be a threat.

They’ve created more chances from set-plays than any team in the division.

That’s all of the Championship.

The ball will be coming into our box from all over the pitch and we’ve got to be able to deal with that.

‘We can have all the ball we want but if we don’t defend that threat from set-plays, we’re going to have problems.

We’ve got to make sure we’re up for that in a big way.

‘We’ve been in good form at home, so we’ve got to make sure we bring that to the table, but we’ve also got to deny them the opportunities.

‘People will expect us to win the game because we’re facing a team lower than us in the table.

‘But we know what the Championship is and we know we can’t just turn up and think we’ll get three points.

We’ve got to be bang on it and that’ll be the message.’

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