Nigel Adkins says Jarrod Bowen’s season is ready for lift-off after the winger broke his duck to send Hull City on their way to a much-needed 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town.
Bowen had failed to find the net in his opening six games of a new campaign but needed just three minutes to make his mark on Saturday.
A delicate finish proved crucial as the Tigers ended a run of six straight home defeats, with Jackson Irvine eventually confirming three precious points a minute from time.
Bowen had not found the net since scoring the 15th goal of an excellent breakthrough season on its final day in May, but Adkins has always maintained faith that his young winger would come good.
“He’s a young lad and people will talk about Jarrod having not scored. He’s got that now and people can talk about something else,” said
“From my point of view it was just a matter of Jarrod working on the process. If he does that, he’ll get in a position to score goals and finish them.”
Asked if the barren spell had played on his mind, Adkins added: “It probably has done, that’s the world we live in. People will read social media, people read what goes on. For young players it can play on your mind.
“Pleasingly he’s off the mark now and he’s up and running. He’s just to make sure he keeps working hard and putting himself in the right positions and then making the right decisions.”
Bowen’s first league goal at the KCOM Stadium since December set the stage for City to collect their first points on home soil this season.
Three straight defeats had preceded Ipswich’s visit but the Tigers have now leapt up to 17th in the Championship, with seven points from seven games.
“The culture is good and if we gets things right, we’ll win games of football more than we don’t,” said Adkins.
“All it means is that now we’ve won the game, it means people will have to focus on another negative thing. That’s just life. People will always focus on the negative. We’ve got that out of the way.
“Supporters got right behind the players. At 1-0 you could see a frustration might be creeping in but it was a battling game and the players got through. The confidence can grow.
“We played a thousand times better against Derby and lost the game. This was very different. We started well but it was so stop-start and we couldn’t get any flow.
“We all want to play a certain brand of football but you’ve got to find other ways to win over the course of a season. We’ve demonstrated we’ve got that in our make-up. There was a steeliness about us.”
Adkins will check on the fitness of Dan Batty (knee) and Stephen Kingsley (ribs) as he plans for the trip to Wigan Athletic tomorrow night.
Both were forced off in Saturday’s victory but Adkins will welcome back Eric Lichaj at the DW Stadium after resting the previously ever-present American in light of his international commitments.
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