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Boss: It could've been more

19 October 2013

Adkins pleased after 4-1 win

Royals boss Nigel Adkins said we could have scored even more goals in an emphatic 4-1 home win against Doncaster Rovers.

We started the game like a house on fire, and but for a 20-minute spell around Doncaster's equaliser, we were the better side and played well, keeping the ball stylishly and effectively.

Danny Guthrie's opening goal was a superb 14-touch team effort rounded off by a wonderful finish, and on reflection we could have had the game out of sight earlier.

He said, "It was very pleasing. We're coming away with four goals and for me we could have scored more. It's three good points, and the supporters will go home with a smile on their faces, it's important to win at home.

"We started well, the players were on the front foot and we had them hemmed in. The first goal was a fantastic team goal. Great play from Pavel and what a finish from Danny Guthrie, right in the top corner.

"Before the game we'd highlighted our KPIs in terms of how we wanted to play and creating chances, but when you're so dominant players can stop doing the same simple things. Why? I don't know, maybe they get bored!

"But we scored some really good goals and if not for their 'keeper it could have been more. After the save from Obita I wrote in my notepad 'turning point?' because that can often happen. We were in a dominant position and like I say could have scored many more.

"Then if you look at their goal, Feds made a great save but I always say I hate it when a defender goes back on the line - when the free kick was taken we were touch tight with the player, but then we go on the line and he gets a free shot. To be fair he finished it well but we could have done better.

"But Doncaster are a good side with the ability to pass it. They made a change after 20 minutes, which is well done to their manager for being brave, especially so early on. You can never dominate for 90 minutes, and you also have to credit the opposition."

Asked to pick his favourite goal of the four, Nigel said, "I was really pleased for Pav. He was outstanding, played his part in the first goal and lashed the last one in. He's been working ever so hard and it's all down to him, his overall performance was top drawer and his goal got the place rocking."

The Royals were without seven first team players through injury, including goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who has a short-term knee injury, but Adkins' side still took all three points.

The boss said, "We had players away on international duty, we've not highlighted the players who've been injured, lots have made a contribution to get us over the line. Jobi was bright and breezy off the bench despite being all around the world this week.

"We've got young players in the squad, Jordan Obita started, Jake Taylor last week and we want everyone contributing. Adam Federici came in and was excellent, Garath McCleary is unplayable at times, Adam Le Fondre is a natural goalscorer and Danny Guthrie has been outstanding recently.

"Alex [McCarthy] wasn't fit today but in his mind will be trying to put himself forward for next weekend. Wayne Bridge didn't train yesterday because of the birth of his baby but we'd done our week in the week so he was ready, there was never going to be an issue with that.

"Jason Roberts saw the surgeon this week, of course he's not played since I've been here and all being well he can step it up a bit more now." 

"The important thing is to stay in the race and we are doing that. We'll work hard to keep that going, the next challenge is Millwall next weekend.

"Until then, I'll go home tonight and watch X Factor. It won't be Strictly, I'm not normally home early enough"

Watch the boss' full post-match interview on Reading FC Player now.

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