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Adkins: A positive display

13 April 2013

Manager reflects on 0-0

Nigel Adkins was pleased with another improved performance after seeing his side draw 0-0 with Liverpool at Madejski Stadium.


The Royals have improved in each of the three games under his tenure, and the Reading faithful went home with a sense of positivity.


The boss said, "It was good all round, that's three games we've been in charge and I think we've got better each time. The players have been working ever so hard, their attitude and application has been top drawer. There's been a lot of good stuff and the boys have gone and produced today.


"It was a very exciting 0-0 and it only stayed 0-0 because of some excellent goalkeeping from Alex McCarthy and Pepe Reina. Alex made some world class saves, we had a good passage of play when Noel Hunt was denied by a really good stop. I always say the goalkeeper is the most important player on the pitch!


"For the first 15 they had good possession but then we grew into it. There's good football players at Liverpool, they play football the right way. With the pitch nice and wet it was set up for a good slick match.


"So great credit to our players. It's only a point though and we needed three. But it's a clean sheet and another improvement. We've been in for a short period of time and you can see a lot of the positives have borne fruit today.


"There was a good atmosphere and the supporters were great. They want to see good attacking football and winning football. What we've got to do is work hard, keep putting a shift it. All being well we can inspire the supporters and they can inspire us."


The boss was without Federici, Robson-Kanu and Akpan through injury, as well as Kebe and Roberts, commenting, "We've got a squad and when players are injured it gives others an opportunity.


"For example Danny Carrico got 35 minutes which I think is the first time in a while he's been involved. He's working really hard and it was an opportunity for him."


Last but not least, asked if he will keep fighting, he said, "You better believe it."

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