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'McCleary's unplayable'

20 October 2013

Boss' praise for Royals

Nigel Adkins says that winger Garath McCleary has the ability to be unplayable, as he showed this weekend.

The 26-year-old put in a superb performance in the 4-1 win over Doncaster, scoring one and setting up every one of our three other goals in an emphatic win.

He can count himself unlucky not to have been named man of the match, such was Pavel Pogrebnyak's excellence on the day, and the boss praised our wideman.

Adkins said, "With Garath, he is unplayable at times.

"He has to keep believing in his ability, stepovers on both feet, pace, dynamism and the ability to create goals and score.

"With that, he will be a massive threat to anybody."

Danny Guthrie was also impressive again, having been nominated for the Football League player of the month award in September.

Adkins commented, "Danny has been outstanding and it was a fantastic finish from him for the first goal, right in the top corner.

"Losing Jem to injury was a massive blow because he was outstanding. The club acted quickly to bring in Chris Baird and you can see can control and pass it, that helps complement Danny and Chris' match fitness is also getting better."

Lastly, Adkins brought in Adam Federici in place of Alex McCarthy, and the 'keeper put in a very good display between the sticks.

Nigel said, "Alex has had a fantastic season and we're delighted to have Feds and Stuart Taylor as well. Feds played very well, we've got great confidence in them, as well as several youngsters improving all the time.

"Alex wasn't fit today but in his mind will be trying to put himself forward for next weekend."



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