Hull City 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Jarrod Bowen’s brace and Frazier Campbell help The Tigers extend Championship winning run to six games by thumping Steve Bruce’s side
- The Championship’s player of the month Jarrod Bowen struck a two-goal salvo
- Not since 1910 had Hull won six league fixtures in a row at second-tier level
- Seven weeks ago, Adkins’ team looked relegation fodder: next to bottom
Hull showed scant regard for the infamous manager-of-the-month curse as they extended their best league run at Championship level for more than a century.
Twenty four hours after Nigel Adkins received the bosses’ gong for an unbeaten December, the division’s player of the month Jarrod Bowen’s brace took his tally to nine goals in eight games before substitute Fraizer Campbell added a splendid solo effort for the third.
In response to avoiding the dip normally associated with such awards, Adkins said: ‘We blew that one out of the water, didn’t we? Boom. We totally dominated the game from start to finish.’
Hull showed scant regard for the manager of the month curse to extend their best league run
Fraizer Campbell’s fine individual effort late on: teeing himself up with a dink over the defence
Not since 1910 had Hull won six consecutive fixtures in the second tier but a team that was remarkably second-bottom seven weeks ago now look like genuine play-off contenders.
‘We are in the race but it’s one game at a time and we’ll see where we get,’ Adkins added.
In a reprise of his form against Steve Bruce’s Hull in the play-off final three years ago, Kieren Westwood proved a one-man dam to the home team’s torrent of attacks.
However, Bowen burst it by caressing in left-footed from outside the area in first-half injury time and then doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Westwood brought down Chris Martin.
Adkins’ team looked relegation fodder: next to bottom and with owners confident of selling
Championship’s player of the month Jarrod Bowen struck a two-goal salvo to extend their form
The three-goal margin arguably flattered Wednesday, who are in the hands of caretaker manager Steve Agnew until February 1 when Bruce takes control.
It was completed when Campbell flicked over the visitors’ backline and ran into the area to thrash the ball inside Westwood’s left-hand post, to raise Hull’s points tally to 22 points from a potential 24.
“It was a tough afternoon to say the least – we were never in the game,” Agnew, whose side failed to register a shot on target, said.