Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has admitted that he has no complaints over match referee Darren England’s decision to disallow a potential winning goal in the goalless draw against Reading at The KCOM Stadium.
The Tigers battled to a third consecutive home draw as they failed to beat a stubborn Reading side who arguably came to Humberside initially looking for a point.
The main talking point came in the 40th minute of the match when match referee England ruled out a Hull City goal. Jarrod Bowen’s venomous effort was superbly kept out of the net by Reading keeper Vito Mannone and while Jon Toral poked in the rebound, the goalkeeper was adjudged to have had the ball under control and the goal was chalked off.
Speaking about the incident to The72 after the match, Adkins said that he had no complaints with the decision although he did feel that it was a little harsh.
“There is an argument about the goal that was disallowed” Adkins said. “In my opinion it should have been allowed but I’m led to believe that there is a rule that covers the goalkeeper’s hand on top of the ball.
“If that is correct then the referee has made the right decision.”
The result moves The Tigers a point clear of the relegation trapdoor and overall, the Hull City boss was pleased with the performance.
Adkins added “From our point of view it’s a third clean sheet in five games against a team that is very good in possession.
“We nullified a lot of their strengths and we’ve had opportunities to go and score.
“We finished the game very strongly and it was nice to bring players off the bench today to make an impact.
“We are looking to build and we have addressed some of the issues which we had before.
“If we keep doing the right things we have more of an opportunity to win games.”
Hull City are back in action next Saturday when they take on Sunderland in a crucial match at The Stadium of Light.