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Boss aims for slicker play

6 December 2013

Adkins ready for Cherries clash

Royals manager Nigel Adkins is expecting a much better game of football on Saturday afternoon as Bournemouth travel to Madejski Stadium.

After a dogged 1-0 victory over Charlton Athletic in midweek, the boss expects more sequences of passing play this weekend against a Cherries side who also strive to play the ball on the floor.

"It should be a good game," Adkins told Reading FC Player. "Eddie Howe has done a great job down at Bournemouth. They play some really good football and I'd like to think there'll be a betting passing display on show than the other night - though that was an excellent victory.

"We've just had two good victories in the last two games in different manners. There's been some good goals, good passing display and a little bit of defensive resolve as well which is important to get through this Championship season.

"It should be a good crowd, hopefully a good atmosphere. And for me, an entertaining game in store."

After two wins in a row, momentum is the buzz word for Adkins - who is determined to get more positive results on the board for our supporters.

"Momentum is a key word. We've lost three games this season so far away from home. We're in the race - I keep talking about that. We don't want to get too high when we win but we don't want to be too low if we lose - it's about navigating through the course of a season in a consistent way with a belief about what we're doing.

"We're striving to improve in all aspects of our play - I want us to play passing and exciting football, but we have to grind out results as well. It's that two-way balance that you've got to get. It's got to be entertaining for the supporters - they pay hard earned cash and we want them to be cheering and getting behind the players.

"That's why you come - because you've got Reading at heart, we all share this common goal - we want to be successful this season. We'd love to get back to the Premier League and have another crack at it and see the lessons we've learned over the few years."


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