Adkins assesses Carrow Road defeat
"We knew Norwich's strengths and I thought we did well in the first half. We nullified a lot of the things we knew they could go and do," he said of an impressive first half passing display which saw the Royals dominate possession and threaten in front of goal.
for a ten or fifteen minute period in the second half, we didn't deal with the physicality of Norwich City. "We had talked about Norwich's danger from wide positions, I think something like 92% of Norwich's goals have come from crosses and 58% from set pieces into the box
"And, from our point of view, two goals scored so close together, have effectively cost us the game.
"Then for the last ten minutes we played crash ball and showed a desire to go and score goals.
"Garath McCleary scored a very good goal to keep us in the game," he continued. "But you have to give Norwich a lot of credit for that ten or fifteen minute spell at the start of the second half, that's what they do very well.
"And having dealt with it very well in the first half, we weren't able to do the same in the second half."
The improvement in the Royals' patient passing style was evident for all to see, and for long periods the home fans were frustrated by a Reading performance that was certainly showing positive signs of adopting some of Adkins' philosophies.
"So from that point of view, there's a lot of positivity to take...after just a short space of time.
"If you'd watched us in the first game at Arsenal and compared it to our performance here, there are obviously things we are implementing. And the players' attitude has been first class.
"We've got to take those positives forward, looking to improve on everything we do. Ultimately, though, it's about what you do in both penalty areas.
And Adkins ended his post-match comments by thanking the fans who had made the long trip to a sun-drenched Carrow Road this afternoon.