Royals boss sets his sights
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Nigel Adkins has left Royals fans in no doubt as to his ambitions for the season ahead.
Reading’s boss is aiming for goals galore, and ultimately a return to the top flight, as the Sky Bet Championship begins on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re setting sail for the promised land,” Adkins told his pre-match press conference.
“It’s about winning games of football and that starts on Saturday against Ipswich. We’ve looked at the Championship over the last ten years, what the stats are for loads of different things, winning the league, runners up, getting in the playoffs. Stability is important – you need 21 clean sheets, but we have to score a shed load of goals. It’s actually 86, but I say 100 goals – because you have to reach for the stars. It gives you an idea of what’s going to be required.
“We don’t want to be mid table, we want to be back in the Premier League. That’s what we want. That has to be the ambition, that has to be the drive. You want to be at the top. The pressures being at the top are far better than the pressure of being at the bottom.”
A big atmosphere is expected for Madejski Stadium’s curtain raiser – with Ipswich Town selling out their away allocation and Royals fans buying tickets in their droves to see new signings such as Wayne Bridge and Royston Drenthe in action.
“I believe there will be approaching 20,000 people there, it’ll be about 23 degrees, and a nice day for people to come out. If we, on the pitch, can give them something to cheer about then I’m sure they can make a noise and outsing the 3,000 Ipswich supporters. We need to win. People pay hard earned cash to watch a game of football – they want to be entertained, they want an atmosphere – that’s what our desire and drive is. The opposition won’t want that, they’ll want to make sure we don’t have the football. If it works for us great, if it doesn’t it won’t be through the lack of trying.”