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Boss: We can do better

5 October 2013

Adkins on Burnley loss

Manager Nigel Adkins admitted there were areas in which his team could have done better in our 2-1 defeat to Burnley, while praising the table-topping Clarets for their performance.

Goals from in-form duo Danny Ings and Sam Vokes gave the home side all three points, either side of an own goal from Jason Shackell.

The Royals had a decent amount of possession, but the home side defended well and in Ings and Vokes they had a constant threat up front.

Adkins said, "I've still to see replays of the two goals we conceded, but during the game I thought both were avoidable.

"Burnley were bang at it, they're top of the league and they are there for a reason. I thought their front two were exceptional, Vokes and Ings were a real handful, in what was a very, very hard working Burnley outfit who are full of confidence and on an excellent run at this moment in time.

"For us, I wanted to pass the ball better than we did today. Some of that was down to Burnley and their pressure, in fairness.

"I thought if we could find some extra spaces in there and move the ball brightly, opportunities would have been there. I'm sure when we look back at it we'll see loads of opportunities where if we'd scanned and passed and moved the ball quicker, moved quicker off the ball, we could have created chances.

"But on the day maybe too many of the simple things we weren't good at. We were in the game for large periods, on another day who knows, but we go away with nothing.

"I must say that throughout the game we had a travelling support base who did not stop. They were trying to raise the players and get behind them. Thank you very much for that because it is noted. The players appreciate that and so do I."

It was a first defeat in seven games for Adkins' men, and only our second League reverse in eleven matches so far.

We wanted to remain unbeaten and the boss said, "Coming away from home our desire was to get the three points and at 1-0 we were still in the game.

"On 55 minutes, I made a triple substitution and got a lot of attacking players on the pitch in an endeavour to get something from the game. I'm quite a positive person and I'm quite happy to make changes when I believe they have to be done in our attempts to win a game of football.

"We gave ourselves an opportunity, Pavel forced a goal from Jordan's cross, but the two goals we have conceded have led in a big way to our downfall."

Young Jordan Obita played the full 90 minutes and the boss commented, "Jordan put a good cross in for the goal, he did ever so well at Derby and he's a young player who has been here since the age of 8, he's come through the system and and we can see he's got talent, athleticism and ability on the ball. Days like this are going to benefit his development."

Jake Taylor came off the bench for only his third Reading appearance and looked bright in midfield, and the boss was keen to praise the youngster, saying, "Jake has worked so, so hard on the training ground - another player who has come through the system from the age of 8. His involvement today is down to his hard work on the training ground and his persistence to keep going every single day."

There are now two weeks until our next match at home to Doncaster, and the boss said, "We've got a break now where we'll lose eight or nine players around the world to international duty, we've got eight or nine more probably in the treatment room, and we've got a two week opportunity now to see if we can improve that and get them closer to the group that we need."

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