Hull City secured their second successive Championship victory with a 1-0 win at home to promotion chasing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday just gone.
A solitary strike from Frazier Campbell in the 38th minute, who has now scored in successive games and has four for the season, was enough to give The Tigers another vital three points that leaves them in 23rd place, but only inside the relegation zone on goal difference.
Nigel Adkins’ side had only won two games in their opening 14 Championship matches, but they have now doubled their tally of wins for the season, with back to back 1-0 wins away to Bolton Wanderers and at home to West Brom. Those wins have been built on a new-found defensive stability, with The Tigers recoding consecutive clean sheets, after collecting just a single clean sheet and conceding 21 goals in their opening 14 games. The defensive improvement has provided Hull with the platform to claim back to back victories at a crucial time to prevent them from being cut adrift and give them a chance of climbing out of the drop zone.
After the victory against West Brom Adkins speaking to Hull City’s official website said, “It’s good to get back-to-back wins, and clean sheets as well”
“The work-rate, the commitment and the effort of the players to get around the pitch was excellent against a team that has been free-scoring this season. They are the leading scorers in the division but I can’t remember David Marshall really having too much to do.”
“It’s back-to-back wins and clean sheets and that only helps to build confidence. We believe in what we’re doing and it’s another good victory. Defensively we were good and we carried a threat going forward. Kamil is getting better with every game that he plays and that is also pleasing. The players are putting the team before themselves, there is a real camaraderie amongst the squad and that can take us a long way.”
Hull travel to Birmingham City, who lost their 11 match unbeaten run with a 3-1 defeat at Derby on Saturday, next weekend before consecutive home games against promotion chasing Nottingham Forest and second placed Norwich City. Those fixtures would have looked daunting for Hull City supporters before the last two games, but with a new-found defensive resilience The Tigers maybe able to build on their encouraging performances in the last two games, and pick up some more positive results to help urn their season around.