Nigel Adkins content with Hull City proving their point at Aston Villa

HULL CITY’S head coach Nigel Adkins was satisfied with a point despite his side surrendering a two-goal lead at Villa Park.

Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins ( Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe ).

Having been in the relegation zone in early December, the East Yorkshire club have undergone a remarkable upturn in fortunes.

The visitors had galloped into a strong position in the first half with goals from Jarrod Bowen and Evandro. But former Tiger James Chester’s header just before the interval gave Villa a foothold in the match, with parity restored after 64 minutes when Tammy Abraham scored his 17th goal of the season.

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Hull remain ahead of Villa in the league and are six points off the play-off places.

Adkins said: “We could have won the game, especially when the goalkeeper made a fantastic save from Chris Martin at the death.

“I thought we started a bit tentatively, but we grew into the game. Our defensive shape was excellent. We scored two great goals and could have scored a couple more. I thought we looked a massive threat.

“For them to go and score just before half-time buoyed the home crowd. We responded in the second half and we had a few chances. All in all you’ve got to say it was an enjoyable afternoon. I can’t really remember David Marshall having many saves to make in the game.

“We’ve been on a good run. Yes, we could have won, but it’s important we keep the unbeaten run going and we keep climbing the table. Momentum is a hard thing to generate and keep going.

“You respect the point away from home.”

Aston Villa: Kalinic, Hutton, Elphick, Chester, Taylor, McGinn, Hourihane, Bjarnason (Kodjia 75), Adomah (Green 59), Abraham, Bolasie (El Ghazi 59). Unused substitutes: Steer, Davis, Elmohamady, Hause.

Hull City: Marshall, Kane, Burke, De Wijs (McKenzie 45), Kingsley, Bowen (Lichaj 90), Henriksen, Stewart, Grosicki, Evandro (Batty 73), Martin. Unused substitutes: Dicko, Milinkovic, Long, Campbell.

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).