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Monday 24 September 2018

Adkins to use Blades experience

Hull City v Sheffield Utd, Live tonight Sky Sports, KO 7.45

Test: Nigel Adkins
Test: Nigel Adkins

Hull boss Nigel Adkins believes his time in charge of tonight's opponents Sheffield United has stood him in good stead.

The Tigers, whose fans plan to protest against the club's owners in front of the live television cameras, have won only two of 12 Sky Bet Championship matches under Adkins and have slipped into the bottom three.

"There was a lot of frustration when I was at Sheffield United, there was a lot of change at the club," said Adkins, who was sacked by the Blades at the end of the 2015/16 season after failing to lead them to the play-offs.

"I went in there believing we had time, we had about 50 players and I signed one player Billy Sharp and the expectation was massive," Adkins told a press conference. "I could feel that and I understood it.

"I thought we were getting there, but it's about results and the way the supporters want their players to play. It was a great experience for me and that is helping me here."

Hull bid for their first home league win since Adkins' first game at the helm against a backdrop of continued fans' protests against the Allam family. Tigers fans' group Hull City Action For Change have confirmed plans to blow whistles in the 30th minute at the KCOM Stadium to mark their dissatisfaction at the way the Allams are running the club.

"I think that would be a shame," Adkins said. "People are going to come to the stadium and it will be a great game.

"People pay hard-earned cash to come and watch a game of football, watch two teams try and win a game of football, do they want it all to be disrupted? That's going to disrupt the game. Is that good for anybody?"

Back-to-back league wins have lifted the Blades to within two points of the play-off places and Adkins has been impressed with Chris Wilder's side following promotion. "It's a tough game," Adkins added. "They are full of energy and dynamism and they've been on a great run."

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