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Learning lessons quickly

8 April 2013

Adkins keen to build and progress

Manager Nigel Adkins has reiterated his desire for the Royals to play the passing game, and learn from their experiences so far in the top flight.

The gaffer made no bones about the Royals' precarious position in the Barclays Premier League but says that both he and his squad of players will learn the lessons quickly.

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire Nigel said, "The players will learn about me and I'm learning about them all the time. That's the important thing. I'm used to winning games of football. During my career as a manager I've always wanted to win games of football.

"I want the players to work hard, I want the players to get the supporters off their feet. I want us to score goals, I want us to pass the football - it's a work in progress. I've been out of work for the last two months but I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into the job we've got here at Reading.

"But let's not hide away from the fact that we've got an uphill task. The players are well aware of how hard I expect them to work on the training ground and during the games. I want us to play out from the back, I want us to pass the ball about - and that's a work in progress. You're not just going to do it in one spell. I think you could see (against Southampton) that we didn't attempt to play from the back because we knew of the pressing capabilities of Southampton. The last thing we wanted to do was invite the pressure onto us.

"That was the way we played at Southampton since the day I walked in. I want us to play football, I want us to pass the ball about with energy, I want us to score goals - that's a work in progress, it doesn't happen overnight. It takes time to build on things. That's what we want to go and do - we've got to work hard on the training ground so the players keep improving and the way we want to play.

"My focus, my intensity and my mindset is doing everything it can to keep building on the success we've had previously at Reading. We've got to learn the lessons quickly from being in the Premier League. One, we must give ourselves an opportunity to stay in the league and two, keep building on it."

Adkins also explained his thoughts behind making five changes for the Saints clash as he aimed to combat Southampton's pressing style of play.

"We know that Southampton press very high up the field of play and it's fair to say we did that as well. We wanted to play the game in their half and also counter attack - Feds is fantastic at doing that, Sean Morrison's got great mobility about himself, he's a threat at set-plays and young Hope Akpan has got a lot of mobility.

"I knew we'd have to have mobility in the middle of the park - Southampton are a very fit side so we had to go and match that. And Alfie's a goalscorer - we need to win games and we've got to score goals. He (Hope) did his ankle in the first couple of minutes and he soldiered on. Maybe we could have taken him off five minutes before half time, and then we put Ledge on for the second half."

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