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Class & guts delight Adkins

29 November 2013

Manager pleased with 3-2 victory

Manager Nigel Adkins was delighted to see his team show both sides of the footballing spectrum as they secured a cracking 3-2 win away to Nottingham Forest.

Reading started the game superbly and raced into a 2-0 lead, and after being pegged back to 2-2 they showed resilience and quality to win through Jordan Obita's first goal in a Reading shirt.

Nigel told Reading FC Player, "It was an excellent win and it was pleasing that we showed both sides to the game.

"We've come away from home to a good side, started ever so well with good energy. Garath McCleary raided down the right wing and put a great cross in for Pav to score.

"Then Kaspars scored from a well-worked corner to make it 2-0 and we were in the ascendancy, playing ever so well.

"Then unfortunately a lapse in concentration, or a bounce of the ball, gives them an opportunity that they take for 2-1. They made two subs at half time and to be fair Henderson caused problems, Reid played in the pocket and caused issues and we had to hang in there.

"At 2-2 it can go either way. They had the momentum, but Jordan Obita popped up with a great goal. It's his first for the club, similar to the chance against QPR in the last home game, this time it's gone in.

"At 3-2 up we still looked to be bold in our changes, their full backs were struggling so we got Blackman on one wing and McCleary on the other, with Sharp in the middle against his old team. Our record of winning games in our career shows that we've always been bold. Then within a minute, the ref deemed a foul on Chris Gunter for a second yellow when it should have been a foul on him. So the players had to show character, fix bayonets, they did that ever so well and it's great credit to them.

"I've said many times that I've been pleased with the training and this is evidence of that."

Adkins and his squad went over to nearly 900 Reading fans at full time to applaud their backing, and he said, "The supporters were great and we applauded them, like we do win lose or draw. We know it's not cheap and we want them to enjoy watching us and be proud of us.
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"The lads are working hard on the training ground but it has to come through on the pitch. The players know I want them to work hard and we want the supporters to see that.

"We're all together and it's nice when we shae with our fans in a great victory, which is what it is this evening."



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