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Keeping the ball

20 August 2013

Adkins on the possession game

Manager Nigel Adkins underlined that the most effective way to defend and attack is to keep the ball.

It was a fortuitous late goal that denied the Royals all three points on Saturday, but Adkins felt that calmly maintaining possession of the ball could have, in hindsight, got the Royals over the line.

"If you've got the ball, they can't score!" said the manager, reflecting on the 3-3 draw.

"We're trying to pass the ball, and near the end I heard somebody behind me say 'get it forward' but I was thinking 'no, no, no!' If you get the flow of the game, you can score more goals by taking the sting out.


"Keeping the ball and boring the pants off the opposition gives you an opportunity to drag them about and create even more space. It's still a work in progress for us of course.


"We get too frustrated, when a simple pass is on we think we've got to go and score again. Sometimes keeping the ball is a great way to go and defend. It gives you the flow of the game.

"As it was we were trying to score so gave it to them too often. That gave the momentum and it's hard to get it back. You then have to string out, you're on the back foot and we allowed them too much momentum.

"Good teams will frustrate their opponents and keep the ball. Maybe we were too attack-minded, but we'll learn from it and put it right."

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