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'Evidence of hard work'

1 December 2013

Result pleases manager

Manager Nigel Adkins often refers to the players' hard work and quality in training, and he was delighted to see that effort bear fruit in Friday's win at Forest.

Reading started the game superbly, and only three away sides had previously won at Forest in the League in 2013.

In addition, with a back four playing together for only the second time and it being the first time we had fielded that particular starting XI, Adkins was rightly pleased with the scoreline.

He said. "It was a very good performance.

"I keep saying that the players have been working extremely hard on the training ground, and that was evident again in this game.

"We played good football at the start, then late on we showed character and team spirit to work for each other. That will bode us well in upcoming games."

He continued. "It was really pleasing for Danny Williams to get 90 minutes, great credit to him.

"We were conscious of whether he would last, but he kept going. He gave us that energy and drive in the middle of the park and played well, like a lot of players."

Adkins continued to be bold in his substitutions, bringing on Sharp and Blackman as we led 3-2, and he commented, "A lot of things go through your mind. All I can say is, we're used to winning things. Our record shows that, you have to be bold when you make moves.

"It was logical, we needed an outlet, so we had the pace of Blackman and McCleary against their struggling full backs. Then Billy is in there against his old club to be that finisher. Everyone can see I make bold decisions in a bid to win games, that's where you're measured and that's what we've done all the way through our career.

"You will always get consistency from me. We always endeavour to win."

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