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Adkins' City verdict

25 July 2013

Boss speaks on friendly

Royals boss Nigel Adkins learned plenty about his side in Wednesday's evening's friendly away to Bristol City.

The Royals went down to a 1-0 reverse at Ashton Gate, and should have at least drawn the game on the number of chances created and good situations in the final third.

But Albert Adomah's goal proved the difference, and the boss said afterwards, "We always know Sean O'Driscoll's sides pass the ball very well, that was one of the reasons we selected this game and we saw that in the first half. They had a good fluidity of movement and passed it well.

"Before the break we weren't where we need to be, in the second half we changed a few things around, probably passed it better ourselves and had several opportunities to go and score. You've got to put those chances away, but overall it's about building things up.

"We tried one or two different things and different personnel, as we have done with all of the games. We wanted to win, the goal we gave away was disappointing but there were enough chances there to go and win the game. All in all, it's all part of the development and it was a good game for where we are in pre-season."

He continued, "We know what we're looking to do, the objective from day one has been to build the players' levels, use different permutations and have different ways to play depending on how the game is going.

"Talking about tonight's game, Bristol probably had too much ball in the middle of the park in the first half, we didn't close them down enough, we changed it at half time, a bit of personnel and a bit of formation, then we had a lot more possession, created opportunities and gave the referee some decisions to make. But it's about winning games of football, and doing it when it matters from the 3rd of August when the points start tallying up.

"We looked at Royston to play in the 10 position behind Alfie, obviously it's fine if you've got the ball but if you the opposition have a lot of ball you get exposed. We changed it round, Jobi went in there, and then we had a 1 and a 2, controlled it better and had better possession.

"We're looking to flourish and I always talk about having five positives and one negative. Sometimes you have to have the conviction to try something, knowing there's a chance you may get found out. One or two situations tonight we were exposed on, but unless you try it you're not going to know. It was a good opportunity to try things and find out about things."

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