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Adkins' Philosophy

22 April 2013

Gaffer on the passing game

Royals boss Nigel Adkins has very clearly imparted a passing style on his new team, and he has been explaining his belief in the beautiful game.

The manager has always been an advocate of keeping the ball on the floor, but with the opportunity to mix it up as and when needed.

He said, "I want us to control games - you could see that we were controlling the football and moving it around. If you can do it right, you can penetrate and hurt teams. The top teams do that do that and they do that very well. That's where I'm looking for us to go.

"If you give the opposition the ball, then the law of averages says you're not going to win many games of football. It's about getting the ball and working quickly through the field of play in a controlled manner to give yourself opportunities to go and score.

“Of course we played crashball in the last ten minutes or so on Saturday and we were creating opportunities at that point.”

Meanwhile, the manager also spoke to Reading FC Player about his growing relationship with our fans. "It's very important for the players and for all of us to understand that it costs the supporters a lot of money to travel the length and breadth of the country.

"The players know they've got to put a shift in and give the supporters something to cheer about. The least we can do is go over at the end of the game and show our appreciation for their efforts."

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