Adkins feels respect from City
Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins was happy his team were shown respect by Man City in their Carling Cup tie.
Last Updated: 28/10/09 11:18pm
Scunthorpe United boss Nigel Adkins was happy his team were shown respect by Manchester City in their Carling Cup tie.
Though City boss Mark Hughes was forced to make several changes to his team for the fourth-round encounter due to injury, he still fielded a strong side.
Hughes saw his team produce a dominant second-half performance to run out 5-1 winners, but Adkins was satisfied that the Championship club had not been treated with disdain by their Premier League opponents.
"I was very disappointed with the first goal that we've conceded," Adkins told Sky Sports. "We've then had to change our shape after 15 minutes.
"We didn't achieve what we wanted to achieve, which was to keep good possession of the football, so we changed the formation after 15 minutes and created numerous opportunities after that.
"Jonathan Forte scored a great goal and that's give us more hope and belief, and at half-time I thought we could score some more goals, but great credit to Man City.
"In the second half they've come out and the quality that they've got in their ranks has told.
"We've taken a lot of respect from the team that Mark Hughes has put out. They've come out to do the business and their intention is to win the tournament, and they've got every chance of doing that.
"They put a very strong side out against us. In the first half we presented them with some problems, but in the second half the quality they've got in their team has shone through."
Adkins was also left to rue the fact that striker Gary Hooper was only fit enough to come on as a substitute for the final 20 minutes of the game.
He added: "Goals change games and the quality of better players at the highest level is they are clinical players.
"We have players who create opportunities and it would have been nice if Gary Hooper had been fully fit from the start.
"We managed to get him on at the end to get a bit of game-time in him.
"But we can turn round and say we've come to Eastlands, it's a big crowd and it's beneficial to our football club.
"We've been on a good cup run and it's the first time in the club's history that we've got to the fourth round."