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Adkins joy for fans

18 September 2013

Boss on late win over Leeds

Manager Nigel Adkins was delighted to send our supporters home happy with a dramatic 1-0 win over Leeds at Madejski Stadium.

Adam Le Fondre popped up with a winner with practically the last touch of the game, and the Royals kept going until the very last moment to get their rewards.

Adkins said, "It's great that the supporters are going away from the Madejski jumping up and down because it feeds that feeling, the euphoria everyone goes home with.

"Alfie did what he's done so well for a long time here coming off the bench, you won't get a later winner that that! It's also our third clean sheet on the bounce, it's building that momentum.

"It was a massive blow losing Jem so early in the game, he's been outstanding for us this season. His passing has been top drawer, so too his energy and drive. It's a big blow because it looks like he'll be out for a long time with a knee injury.

"In fact we had a few struggling at half time, we thought we might not have enough substitutions so credit to the players for keeping going."

The Royals had a number of players who deserved credit for their performances, and the boss firstly singled out Hal Robson-Kanu, who played as a central striker and caused a real threat.

He said, "I thought Hal had a super game up front as that striker, he was strong, powerful and looked a massive threat. He gave us an an 'out' against a big side, secure balls and win balls for us. That was really pleasing."

He continued, "In the middle of the park Danny Guthrie drove the team on and wanted to get on the football and make things happen.

"I thought Pearcey was superb on the football tonight. People said he couldn't pass the ball - he can. He can defend as well, there's no question about that. We're trying to help him develop, he and Morro have been together all season as a partnership.

"Stephen Kelly came in and played right back for the first time this season, he had a good game. It's about utilising the squad, for example Hope Akpan got an opportunity when Jem went off."

The Royals could have won the game earlier as we had some good opportunities, particularly from set plays. The boss commented, "We need to be more ruthless with the chances we're creating but as you rightly say it's a good three points and puts us back in the race.

"35% of goals are scored from set plays, I think Cardiff went up with 51% or 52% last year. We put the ball in dangerous areas, Morrison and Pearce had some great headers.

"Overall we've got so much more to come, and you have to stay in the race. We've only lost once, I still can't believe we didn't get anything at Blackpool but it's fine margins in football. This is a home win which is important, and momentum is key."

The win gives the Royals 12 points far this season, and takes us up to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship table.

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