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Playing a diamond

21 August 2013

Manager on change in formation

Manager Nigel Adkins says he enjoys operating a midfield diamond formation, having done so at his previous clubs.

Danny Guthrie, Jem Karacan, Jobi McAnuff and Royston Drenthe were the components of the diamond during last Saturday's game, and helped the Royals dominate a very talented Watford side in the first half.

"I love a diamond, I've done it on many occasions at previous clubs," he said. "We've only had a week to work on it, we wanted to give Watford a problem and we did in the first half. You've got to be brave enough to do it. I'll watch the video back, and having been in a winning position, we'll see what can we learn.

"A penalty, a deflected goal and someone not doing their job on a set play are the three we've conceded. We've not kept a clean sheet yet and that’s something to work on as a team."

Adkins has a fantastic squad at his disposal, and added that the players that returned from international duty last week are all in fine fettle.

"We had a lot of players away last week, they come back on Friday and I didn’t involve Kaspars on Saturday after playing 90 minutes for Latvia. We have a squad of players and you have to look at things, Mapps goes on the bench which is fine.

"Chris Gunter played 90 minutes in midweek but he’s got a phenomenal fitness engine so he can quite happily play again. Danny Williams came back from Sarajevo, and he made a good impact when he came on."

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