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Boss: Errors cost us

24 August 2013

Manager unhappy to lose

Manager Nigel Adkins was very unhappy to see his team lose a first game of the season; going down 1-0 to Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Defeat was doubly annoying; the Royals had some good opportunities to win the match, never mind draw, and Blackpool's solitary goal came from our own mistake.

He said, "We've come away from home with a desire to win and really, we should be coming away with at least a clean sheet.

"It was a shocking goal to give away, a comedy of errors. It was a poor pass from Royston to Bridgey who didn’t control it well enough. Credit to their player, he went and kept his eyes on it, Morro’s ended up on his backside and they’ve capitalised on it and the ball's in the back of the net with ten minutes to go.

"We had enough opportunities and enough territory to give ourselves a chance to win it, and for large spells of the game we controlled it. But the reality is that we’ve come away with no points."

Jem Karacan hit the bar for Reading, Adam Le Fondre almost scored from close range and Royston Drenthe hit a good free kick that was well saved, and either side of half time we were well on top.

But those chances did not turn into goals and the boss said, "15 minutes before half time, it was one way traffic. We hit the crossbar, the goalkeeper made some good saves. We had enough opportunities to go and win the game of football today.

"Of course the goal gives them something to hang on, but I felt we were in the ascendency of the game, that’s fair to say. In the second half we put Alfie up top and Royston on their full back, he put some good balls in and had him on toast. But then it's his bad pass for the goal, so it's about what you do in both sides of the game. It's a result we have to take and that's the beauty of football."

The Royals were backed by an excellent vocal support, and the boss paid homage to the fans, saying, "We went onto the pitch and gave them a clap because it's important. We appreciate the supporters who have come away from home, I made sure the players went over as well, we showed our appreciation even though everyone is very disappointed.

"Now we go again on Tuesday night at Peterborough, an opportunity for players to come in and when they get out on the pitch they've got to make sure they capitalise on it."

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