Hull Boss: We Don’t Fear Chelsea

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has stated that his cha,pionship side can shock favourites Chelsea in Friday’s fifth round Emirates FA Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will continue their  pursuit for glory since winning trophy in 2012 as they host 2014 finalists Hull.

The Premier League champions came back from straight defeats to  Bournemouth and Watford with a convincing 3-0 home win against West Brom on Monday.

Hull, who will be without Nigeria defender Ola Aina as he is on loan from Chelsea, recorded an impressive 2-0 away league win against Nottingham Forest to halt their four straight league games without a win.

Previewing the game against the Blues, Adkins, a former manager of Southampton, stated that it is Chelsea and not Hull that is under pressure to win.

“It’s going to be a real challenge at Chelsea – but one that everyone is relishing. We are going there under no illusions, but it’s the FA Cup so anything is possible,” Adkins said in his press conference on Wednesday.

 

“The FA Cup is something I have always respected and you always want to be involved. It’s going to be a tough game, we know that, but we have to make it as tough as possible for Chelsea as well.

“For us, there is nothing to lose. On paper, everyone expects Chelsea to win – but football isn’t played on paper! We’ve got to go there and represent Hull City with pride and give the fans that go down to support the team something to shout about.”

Adkins however lamented the spate of injuries to some of his key players but expressed confidence that it would not distract his team.

He said: “We play Friday, Tuesday, Friday so it’s relentless and we’ve been stretched with the injuries in the squad. It’s a juggling act and we are trying to getthe most out of each player, but there is a togetherness here. It is challenging, but we are enjoying it.

“We picked up some injuries at the weekend and those players haven’t trained yet this week, so it’s going to be an interesting challenge. We have to go there and believe we can get a positive result. Importantly, we also have to play with no fear!”

Hull Midfielder Ryan Mason Quits Football

Hull midfielder Ryan Mason has quitted football, due to the fractured skull injury he sustained  in a Premier League match against Chelsea over a year now.

The 26-year-old collided with Chelsea’s centre defender  Gary Cahill at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017. He had to have emergency surgery and spent eight days at St Mary’s hospital before being discharged.

Mason said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision was as a result of medical premises and grounds.

‘I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,’ Mason said. ‘I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch.

‘Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.

‘I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.

‘I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,’ Mason said. ‘I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch.

‘Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.

‘I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.

‘Thank you to my amazing fiance, Rachel, who has been by my side and lived every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no matter how tough things got. We are so lucky to have now become the proud parents of our perfect baby boy George.

‘To my Mum, Dad, sisters, and all of my family and close friends, thank you for everything. Despite how tough it’s been and the challenges I’ve faced along the way you’ve all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support.

‘I would like to thank everyone at Hull City, especially The Doc Mark Waller and all of the medical team for helping me to recover. Thank you to the chairman and the board for being so patient with my recovery and sticking by me.

‘There are too many names to mention when it comes to talking about Tottenham Hotspur but I would like to say a special thank you to John McDermott, the Gaffer and everybody at Spurs for helping me to achieve my dreams.

‘I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love. To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride. Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, there are too many to mention, it’s been a privilege to play alongside you all.

Thank you to my amazing fiancé Rachel who has been by my side and lived every every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no matter how tough things got. We are so lucky to have now become the proud parents of our perfect baby boy George.

‘To my Mum, Dad, sisters, and all of my family and close friends, thank you for everything. Despite how tough it’s been and the challenges I’ve faced along the way you’ve all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support.

‘I would like to thank everyone at Hull City, especially The Doc Mark Waller and all of the medical team for helping me to recover. Thank you to the chairman and the board for being so patient with my recovery and sticking by me.

‘There are too many names to mention when it comes to talking about Tottenham Hotspur but I would like to say a special thank you to John McDermott, the Gaffer and everybody at Spurs for helping me to achieve my dreams.

‘I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love. To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride. Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, there are too many to mention, it’s been a privilege to play alongside you all.