Boss on the benefits of Swansea run out
Royals boss Nigel Adkins reflected on the benefits of a good pre-season workout against an impressive Swansea City side at Madejski Stadium this afternoon.
Michael Laudrup's men travelled to Berkshire to complete their pre-season calendar ahead of their third successive Premier League campaign and a Europa League qualifying clash with Malmo next week - and the Welsh outfit's match sharpness and added class proved a stern but valuable test for the Royals today.
"From our point of view it was an excellent work out," Adkins said. "Swansea were very, very good - you could see that in the formation that they play and the way they keep the ball. We knew that would be the case and I wanted the players to have to work hard today.
"It's fair to say we probably won't play a team as well equipped as Swansea in the Championship this season. We didn't threaten their goal or penetrate as much as we would have liked to, but if you give the ball away it's hard to get it back from a team like Swansea.
"Our mind set has to be that we have to build and improve to give ourselves opportunities to score goals and a chance to win games of football.
"It was really good to get 90 minutes under players' belts and it was good to see Hal Robson-Kanu get 45 minutes too. Of course, it highlighted things that we need to keep improving on and things we have been talking about improving on behind the scenes.
"But from day one we said to ourselves, can we arrive on the Monday after this weekend with everybody fit and available for selection in our preparation for the first game against Ipswich?
"As it stands at the moment, we're very close to that - we've got one more game to get through at Bristol Rovers tomorrow. Then we can see where everybody is.
"Throughout the pre-season period, we've worked on several different formations, different styles of play. And today there were things that didn't go our way and things we can all keep working on. But overall, this game will be very beneficial to us."