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Boss: Goals change games

7 December 2013

Adkins reviews Cherries loss

Manager Nigel Adkins was left to rue two quickfire Bournemouth goals in our home defeat to the Cherries.

The Royals had begun on the front foot, and the boss' first question in his post-match press interviews was 'You were well on top but then the game turned on its head.'

He responded, "I'm glad you said that, because we started the game well and played good football. We had a number of corners, they had to defend resolutely, Sharpy had one off the line and then another one was full in his face and just wide. We had Garath one-on-one down the right several times, for 35 or 40 minutes we were the dominant force. But we didn't capitalise and goals change games.

"An aimless free kick was pumped into the box and we haven't dealt with it sufficiently on the second phase. Then we lost poor possession and they've gone and capitalised on it with a long range shot which we should have closed down far better.

"They scored from their two opportunities, that completely changed the complexion of it, if you give poor goals away it gives Bournemouth something to hold on to, which they did very well.

"Then second half you're endeavouring to get a goal, we changed the shape and the personnel, we went to a diamond, we started the second half brightly with more corners, some oohs and aahs. 

"Then we brought Royston on and it was good to get him half an hour, which is probably more than he's really got in the locker at this moment in time after injury. There's no way he can play 90 minutes right now.

"Late on we took a centre half off, we went 3-4-3 with Billy, Pav and Alfie up front, Jordan and Royston out wide. Lo and behold we scored late through Alfie but it wasn't to be, so well done to Bournemouth."

It was our first home defeat of the campaign, and the boss continued, "Everybody here was frustrated when we conceded at half time and I felt the same! The fans' feeling was probably the same as mine in the dressing room because we'd dominated but went in 2-0 down!

"Second half the supporters were top drawer and got right behind the players. When you need it the most, you get behind the players, which they did. Well done and thank you to them for that.

"We're in the middle of December and it's our first defeat at home which when you look at it, is not too bad a record."

The boss rightly gave credit to Eddie Howe's side, commenting, "We talked beforehand, they play good football and had been unfortunate in some of their results. They've got players back from injury as well which is beneficial, of course.

"So now we have to analyse it, put it to bed and move on. We want to play a game that gives us the opportunity to keep good possession of the football. We believe that gives us a better opportunity to create more chances, and that's what we we're going to stick to."

The boss again took the opportunity to use his full squad by bringing Gunter, Obita and Robson-Kanu into the starting XI, and he reflected, "We've got the players in the week, we look at them from a physical point of view, we look at tactics, as you rightly said we've got a good record of changing it around and that will continue."

Lastly, the boss was asked about a one-match ban for Danny Guthrie, saying, "There's no way it was a booking, but that's why you have a squad. We want to pass the ball and Danny has been instrumental in that.

"We know the Championship is relentless, like every team we've got injuries but we've got a good squad. We had players coming off the bench to make an impact today and hopefully that help us in the big run of fixtures ahead."

 See the manager's post-match verdict on our YouTube channel now.

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