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Boss: Passing is key

18 October 2013

Adkins ready for Rovers

Manager Nigel Adkins expects a passing brand of football from both sides as we take on Doncaster Rovers this weekend.

We host Paul Dickov's men at Madejski Stadium, kick off 3pm, and an attractive game is in store as we return to action after the international break.

It is our first home game since 28th September, and the boss told local press, "It's going to be a good game, I've watched Doncaster play and they play good football.

"They've got four midfielders who all want to play, they've got a physical threat from set plays, a manager who was infectious when he played and that rubs off on his team.

"They've bounced back from relegation and have a team of players who are experienced in the Championship. It won't be a pushover, we are well aware of that. We've got to be bang on it and we'll have to be good on the ball, because we know they will be good in possession if they're given time.

"They've done remarkably well to sustain themselves in the Championship and have got a really good promising manager.

"It also seems a long time since we were at home, the victory against Birmingham. That was a good win so it'll be nice to be back in front of our supporters."

Our physios are working overtime at the moment, coping with a long injury list that saw Billy Sharp, Garath McCleary, Royston Drenthe, Danny Williams, Jem Karacan, Mikele Leigertwood and Jason Roberts all miss out at Burnley.

The boss was understandably cautious about giving away specific details on their recoveries, saying, "We've got a few out, which is why I say all the time about the importance of the squad, and youth players to back it up.

"I can talk two ways about injuries: I can either say who's going to definitely be out and who is borderline, but I'd rather not do that, just to give ourselves an opportunity to keep the opposition guessing, who's available and the team shape. But with social media people often find out anyway so it's catch 22!

"From my point of view, when the team is announced, supporters will know who is unavailable. But I know everyone involved will give their all and the team will get right behind them.

"I always say it's about the squad, not just 11. When you get to March and April, with the number of games, the teams with the biggest squads will be well placed. When somebody comes out of the team it's an opportunity for someone else and they have to be ready."

Lastly, the boss used the international break to further enhance his already-excellent coaching pedigree, saying, "I had two good days at Leaders In Performance, listening to people from lots of different sports.

"I had a chat with Andy Flower, wished them well for the Ashes, I was next to Stuart Barnes and it was interesting because I love my cricket, I played in the Lincolnshire Premier League for a year! 

"There was American Football represented, Aussie Rules, Rugby of course and the world game of soccer."

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