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'Our spirit is excellent'

20 December 2013

Adkins relishing Wigan game

Royals boss Nigel Adkins hailed the spirit and mentality of the squad ahead of this Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Wigan Athletic at Madejski Stadium.

The Latics, who had their midweek game with Sheffield Wednesday abandoned due to the weather after taking a 1-0 lead, will be looking to build on their 3-2 win over Bolton last weekend - with new manager Uwe Rosler at the helm.

"They play some really good football," said Adkins. "They are quite comfortable in changing the formation two or three times during the game - for me that's the future of football.



"He (Rosler) will want to play an energetic, pressing and passing game of football. He did an excellent job at Brentford - I'm sure the Wigan supporters and players will enjoy working with him. Obviously their game was called off the other night but they've got off to a good start under him so far."

The manager has often stressed about the importance of staying in the promotion race, and highlighted this festive period as a key time in the calendar.

"You always know that Christmas and the New Year is a really busy period so you have to discipline yourself in the correct manner. Everyone is focussed on the run of games - it's about preparing, playing, recovering and going again.

"I've been really pleased with the mentality of the players. It was a good victory last weekend up at Huddersfield - you could see that in the dressing room afterwards. Huddersfield have been doing really well, especially at home. The spirit is very good on the back of that. On the training ground, I've been really pleased with the progression and we need to bring it together on the pitch.

"Having experienced the division we're in, you realise that you've got to stay in the race. You're going to have injuries and suspensions to deal with. Some days you play absolutely fantastic and lose, but some days you play nowhere near your capability and actually win.

"There's a lot of good, positive things going on here. There's a new training ground on the horizon, the Academy is top drawer, the feedback from the players is that they're really enjoying training and our feedback to them is that they're working really hard.

"Traditionally, maybe, Reading don't always get off to a good start, but we've got off to one of the best starts this season. That gives us a platform - now it's about churning out results and keeping going."

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