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Boss: All about points now

29 July 2013

Adkins looks ahead to season kick-off

With the Royals pre-season schedule now complete, manager Nigel Adkins says it's all about getting points on the board - starting this weekend with our home game with Ipswich Town on the opening day of the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship season.

The boss was speaking after our friendly with Bristol Rovers on Sunday, in which a number of young players benefited from an important workout.

"I think you have to give credit to Bristol Rovers - they certainly did well and I think they'll have a chance this season," he told Reading FC Player after the 2-1 defeat.

"But from our point of view there are things we need to be a lot better at - the goals we gave away were shocking goals. But we started the game brightly and we scored a great goal from Garath McCleary to get back into it. It was an opportunity to give some of the younger players 90 minutes which allows them to see what it's about and us to see them.

"I've spoken about pre-season before on how the emphasis is not really on the result - it's about performance, getting levels of fitness up, trying different formations and players in different positions."

Adkins and his staff have had a good opportunity over the pre-season period to look at all of the players, and the manager hopes to have everyone fit and available for selection on Saturday.

"We'll look at the squad and with all things being well, we'll have everyone fit and available for next week's game. The objective is that they (the young players) have an opportunity to go and play and see what it's all about. We want to push them as much as possible.

"The pre-season period is finished now so we can put that to bed. We thank the supporters who came down to watch us at the weekend. They've come down to support us, got the shirts on which is important. And now it's all about points from here on in."

Watch the full interview now on Reading FC Player by clicking here.

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