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NA: 'That is not acceptable'

27 August 2013

Boss: Performance not good enough

Nigel Adkins said our performance against Peterborough was simply not acceptable and apologised to the fans who made the trip to London Road.

Reading were second best in all areas of the pitch, and the boss said, "Our performance was not acceptable and nowhere near what is required. 

"First we went and applauded the supporters because it wasn't a nice evening for them. They've made a long journey and the result and performance are not acceptable, apologies go out to them. We went and clapped them out of respect, I have to take their disappointment because I am the manager and they have every right to do that. 

"It was an opportunity for players to produce and a lot of players haven't done that. We've got seven or eight internationals on the pitch, we had one or two more unavailable that we wanted to play, but those out there were representing Reading Football Club and we've come away with a heavy defeat. Some of the players hadn't played before and have had a rude awakening. We've had a thumping, it was not up to our standards as a collective. 

"We had players desperate to play, so don't tell me there's any complacency there. Peterborough were very good so don't take anything away from them, they fully deserved to win. They got off to a bright start and the goals were awful, they came from counter-attacking opportunities when we had possession and they picked us off.

"Then we needed to break them down and we couldn't do that. You need the capability to play quickly through the pitch, have a cutting edge and that was very lacking. We made defensive mistakes, which we have to do better with and we got a good hiding. 

"There's a group of players who didn't perform tonight and will be itching to go again. We have to lift them up, they know there will be consequences from tonight. We know when anyone puts the shirt on, how much it means, especially to the supporters who have travelled.

"We have to keep improving, we want to pass the ball, we don't want to just go long and some of the players have found it challenging. Now we have two objectives: to get promoted to the Premier League and to have a good crack at the FA Cup. We want to win every game, now we go to Yeovil with a steely resolve to make sure we perform.

"But listen, I am not going to hide away from tonight's result or from the performance. It is not acceptable."

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