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Boss on tactical change

31 August 2013

Adkins explains substitution

Manager Nigel Adkins explained that his decision to bring Danny Williams on in the first half was a tactical change, and absolutely no reflection on the performance of Garath McCleary.

Williams came on to good effect and contributed to our 1-0 win, with the boss explaining that the amount of space afforded to Yeovil prompted him to make a substitution.

The boss told Reading FC Player, "We had Garath wide on one wing, Royston wide on the other, and two up front with Le Fondre and Nick Blackman.

"When we lost the ball they were very narrow in their team shape so they had far too much possession of the football. Do you wait until half time, do you wait and wait and wait? Do you wait until they score a goal and then do something or do you make a change?

"Not many people make changes early on in a game, but it's got nothing to do with Garath McCleary, I love the bones of him.

"Purely from a tactical point of view I could have taken him or Royston off. I decided to take him off and play Danny Williams, who is more of a central midfield player, very narrow in there to shore that up, we got ourselves back in the game and on the front foot from there."

He added, "Sometimes you've got to show that desire and that passion. But you have to make calm, collected decisions tactically. That's what we've done through the course of the game and in the end it's about seeing it all out. We’ve gone and done that."

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