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NA: "We could have won it"

10 August 2013

Manager reflects on Reebok point

Royals boss Nigel Adkins was pleased with his team's performance at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon and thought it maybe merited all three points as opposed to the draw his side came away with.

"I thought we could have won the game," he said. "We've come away from home to what will be difficult place for any team to come to this season, and we were strong, fit and created a lot of opportunities.

"We had a goal threat throughout the team, which is a big positive for us. Their keeper had to make some really good saves and we were the team on the front foot for long periods of the match.

"And it was a great game for the supporters - for only the second game of the season I thought it was really exciting and entertaining, a cracking game."

The Royals earned their point from the penalty spot after referee Carl Boyeson had spotted David Wheater's second half handball in the box, but there were appeals for penalties and free kicks at both ends in a match that didn't disappoint from an entertainment perspective.

"The referee had a lot of decisions to make today and it was a challenging match for him, but we'll sit down and take a look back at the game in the cold light of day and we'll probably see some he's got right and some he's got wrong, for both sides."

One of those decisions was to hand Royston Drenthe a yellow card as he tumbled over a challenge inside the Bolton box late on, but the boss explained, "I had a word with Royston about that and there was contact but he should have carried on.

"We had a chat about it, he's well aware we don't want to do that at Reading and he apologised to the referee. He's kicking himself because although there was contact he could have carried on.

"But Royston was a massive threat today, a great talent to see on the pitch. And how many times was he fouled?! Quite a few!  

"You can see the talent, get him on the ball and he's a massive threat. He has a long way to go but he's trained every day and will get fitter and stronger."

"The important thing is that we built on the victory from last week and we've come away with something away from home, a point, but still thinking we could have come away with all three.

"It was a good performance, we showed good character and good spirit, and we had a strength about ourselves. Nick Blackman had his first start and scored a really good goal from the penalty spot and we had impact coming off the bench, look at Alfie coming on and showing that enthusiasm to try to go and score  the winner.

"That was the gameplan and we had a real desire to go and win the game of football and not just sit back and defend. The signs are very promising for the rest of the season."


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