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Boss: The right attitude

29 November 2013

Adkins on staying in the race

Manager Nigel Adkins is expecting a game of high tempo this (Friday) evening when the Royals take on fifth placed Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Reading could leapfrog the Reds with a win tonight but the boss stressed that it is still too early to read too much into a very congested Sky Bet Championship league table.

"We're looking forward to going to the City Ground. The floodlights will be on, it's a big pitch so the football will be nice and slick," he told Reading FC Player.

"The game should have a good tempo - Nottingham Forest are a good side, and if we can beat them we can jump over them in the division which just shows how close it is.

"But I'm not even contemplating the league at this time. As I've said, it's going to keep changing, but we've just got to stay in the race. At the moment we're in the race, for me we've probably drawn one to many games.

"The front three have got a bit of a gap that we need to close - but we're in the race which is important. We've still got 30 games to go in the division which is a long way to go as we all know. The mood in the camp is good and we're all looking forward to the game."

In terms of team news, the manager still has a number of sidelined players but confirmed that Royston Drenthe had resumed training this week.

"There are always ifs buts and maybes but it's the reality of where we are. We've got some good football players at this excellent football club, and we've just got to keep working hard on the training ground, the players have got the right attitude and I'm sure over a period of time that will transpire onto the pitch.

"We've got a few, but I believe Forest have got a few as well. I've spoken to several managers this week and everyone seems to be in the same boat - it's that time of the season where little injuries kick in. That's where your squad of players and youth team players come into effect and that's why you have a squad of players. It's not about the 11, it's the whole group contributing.

"You only get your eleven. From our point of view, we're pleased with the players that have come back from injury, but on the flip side of it, we've got a few injuries on the defensive side of it.

"Danny has been out for 12 weeks, so has Royston and he's back on the training pitch which is good. Williams came on at half time with Hope Akpan and injected that bit of energy and pace into the team that we needed at that time."

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