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Boss: Momentum building

28 September 2013

Adkins happy with 2-0 win

Reading made it 13 points out of a possible 15 with a professional 2-0 home win over Birmingham, and manager Nigel Adkins was delighted to keep our momentum going.

The boss sets his bar very high and always wants more from his squad, but was very happy to take all three points.

He said, "It was very pleasing.

"We could have had the game out of sight much earlier, to be honest. I make notes during the game and in the first 15 minutes or so we had three or four excellent opportunities.

"But it's a good victory. Danny scored two good goals, the second one is what I call a two-percenter because that's the ratio of free kicks direct at goal that go in, statistically. So we were delighted to see it in the back of the net.

"It's another clean sheet, which is the foundation you want to have. In the last ten minutes we had to change it with their big guys up front, we wanted to shore it up. We put Stephen Kelly on the right to see it out and the lads have done just that.

"So overall it's a clean sheet and three points, we just should have scored a few more. But it's building momentum."

Guthrie grabbed the headlines with two goals, and put in another excellent overall display alongside Chris Baird, who is quickly becoming a fans' favourite.

Nigel said, "Danny and Chris, both of them can control it, they've got great calmness and demonstrate the vision to pass it. With losing Jem, the club acted quickly to bring Chris in, he and Danny complement each other well.

"They both have great experience, Danny scored two really good goals and Chris probably should have scored as well in the first half with a header that we'd highlighted. But it was very good to get him 90 minutes.

"Further up the pitch Pav worked ever so hard with Alfie and I'm really pleased with his attitude, application and his ability. It's a shame he didn't score to follow up on last week. Pav has been top drawer and long may it continue."

The victory came despite injuries to seven first team players, and the boss was rightly pleased with a win borne out of the full squad. "The whole squad conrtibuted, which is important and I always talk about the group. You need that in the Championship.

"Look at today, we had Billy Sharp and I couldn't get him on, you want that competition. I wanted to get him on the field of play, but it wouldn't have been advantageous to put him on the right wing. He's itching to get out there."

Meanwhile, the boss confirmed that Jobi McAnuff trained on Friday and Saturday so will hopefully be OK for next week's trip to Barnsley, while Nick Blackman could also be back. Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams are unlikely to be fit, while Mikele Leigertwood is progressing well and could play an under 21s game soon.

Lastly, the boss was asked if complacency could set it, but said with a steely determination, "There's no danger of that whatsoever. The players know that with me. I want to keep driving everybody on. We set our bar very high."

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