Hull have 'nothing to lose' at Chelsea, says boss Nigel Adkins

Hull have 'nothing to lose' at Chelsea, says boss Nigel Adkins
From ESPN - February 15, 2018

Hull boss Nigel Adkins is heading to Chelsea with a mindset of "all to gain, nothing to lose" given his side's injury, ineligibility and suspension worries.

Few expect the struggling Championship side to defeat the reigning Premier League champions in Friday's FA Cup fifth-round encounter at Stamford Bridge, where a City win is available at odds of 17-1.

Adkins is having to deal with a spate of absentees and a defensive shortfall, with the on-loan Chelsea trio of Michael Hector, Ola Aina and Fikayo Tomori unable to face their parent club.

Fellow defenders Stephen Kingsley, Ondrej Mazuch and Moses Odubajo are injured, while Angus MacDonald could be the only senior first-team centre-back available unless Michael Dawson can prove his fitness.

"They are forced changes," Adkins said. "It's not as if we want to make all these changes. You get to the fifth round of the FA Cup and you start dreaming about things, do not you?

"I would love to be able to say this is our strongest team to go out there and play, everybody in their best positions, in the formation that's going to suit everybody to give an opportunity to win the game.

"On Friday we will be playing players out of position. I have not got a problem with that, it's the way it is. We have just got to deal with it."

Markus Henriksen, James Weir and Seb Larsson -- who is suspended -- are also unavailable for the trip to Chelsea, while Kamil Grosicki and Abel Hernandez are coming back from injury.

"Our spirit is good, our togetherness is good, and regardless of the score and the performance it's not going to affect where we are going for the remaining 15 league games," Adkins said.


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