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Boss on HRK, ALF & Jem

8 May 2013

Adkins on key players

Nigel Adkins was pleased with the contribution of a number of players this past weekend as we secured a much-welcomed 4-2 win away to Fulham.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored twice, Jem Karacan & Adam Le Fondre also got on the scoresheet and every player contributed to a first victory for the new boss.

Frontmen always grab the headlines and Le Fondre broke a Premier League record for the most number of goals scored by a substitute in one season.

When asked about Alfie's impressive finish, the boss said, "He's a goalscorer and credit to him for breaking a record in the Premier League. We like him a lot and what we have to do is make sure we [as a team] are giving him opportunities to start, not to just come off the bench. It's about the squad and Pav did his job for an hour, then Adam comes on, great movement and scores the important goal.

"It was also a great pass from Jem, I was delighted with him and both he and Danny Guthrie in the middle again showed they can control the game and have a range of passes - and Jem scored as well."

Robson-Kanu took his League tally for the season to seven - the highest ever by a Reading midfielder in the Premier League - and the manager said, "We're looking for him to be a big part of things. It's about development, he's come through the system. When players work hard on the training ground they have a big part to play. We want our players to keep developing.

"Like all of the players, he can be as good as he wants to be. Hard work gives you an opportunity and he's a very good, professional, football player.

"We won away from home and the supporters enjoyed it. We hadn't tasted victory for a while and the manner was important. "

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