Manager won't be standing still
Nigel Adkins says he has been impressed with the progress his squad have made during his time at the club, but insists there is plenty of work still to do.
The Royals certainly stepped up their performance to hold Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool to a goalless draw last time out, but the manager is not paying too much attention to praise coming his way.
“By the sounds of it a lot of people have been very happy (with the Liverpool display) but from my point of view there’s so much more that we can go and do,” Adkins told Thursday’s press conference.
“We’re on letter A of the alphabet and we’ve got to get to letter Z. It’s been a good three weeks, you’ve seen where we were to start off with and where we are now and there’ s a lot of things we’ve implemented in a very, very short space of time. There’s so much more that needs to be done.
“The teams around us have got to go and win their games of football, so it’s going to be really nervy towards the end, and all we can do is effect what we can do. The next game is the important one now with Norwich and if we can keep building on the work we’ve been doing. I like to think we’ll give ourselves an opportunity to go and win that game.”
The manager also gave an insight into how he and his coaching staff are implementing their strategy – and made reference to a book by the name of “Slump Busting”, which focuses on developing peak performance in sport.
“In any game of football, a player needs to be at his fittest level, and technically they need to be good too. There’s a great book called Slump Busting, where by the first thing you address is the physical, then the technical, tactical and social aspects of it. You break through things in that order. Reading have always been notoriously a very fit side, whenever we’ve played against Reading I’ve made players well aware of that. That is an important aspect.”
Watch the manager's press conference in full on Reading FC Player. The online TV service will also be bringing fans full live commentary from Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.