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Our plan to limit Boro worked well - Adkins.

Byline: DOMINIC SHAW

HULL "thoroughly deserved" their point against Boro, insisted Nigel Adkins, who said his players executed the pre-match game plan and "nullified" Tony Pulis's side.

Adkins echoed Pulis's thoughts in saying striker Chris Martin was "clever" to win the hosts a second half penalty.

But the Hull boss says his side shouldn't have been behind at that stage of the game, claiming Britt Assombalonga was offside for his opening goal.

Adkins said: "We knew it was going to be tough. I said we'd find out a lot about ourselves.

"We knew it was going to be a really challenging fixture and that they'd be direct in nature. Could we disrupt them? They've had to change their shape in the first 10 minutes. I thought we started the game really well, we had a few opportunities.

"We went in zero-zero at half time and wanted to build on it.

"We conceded a poor goal but I've just seen it back and he's actually offside. He's in front of our player and is offside. We didn't get that bit of fortune but we responded and kept going.

"That's important. We kept trying to play football.

"Chris Martin has had a really good game. We've had a shout for penalty before one we've got. It's clever centre forward play, the defender made a challenge. We've not had the rewards we should have had on several occasions.

"I must say David Marshall has made exceptional save in final minute to get the point we thoroughly deserved."

The Hull boss added: "You have to compete and we've done that very well.

"The whole team have had to defend, there was a good shape about us. We knew we had to deal with the first and second ball, we wanted to nullify their threats and we've done that. Tactically I'm really pleased."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2018
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