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Adkins: "It has to be six points"

25 April 2014

Manager taking nothing for granted

Nigel Adkins believes nothing less than two wins from two games will do for the Royals as they prepare for a nail biting end to the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Destiny is very much in Reading's hands, but with just a one point cushion in the final play-off place - the manager is urging his squad not to leave anything to chance.

"It has to be six points – we need to go and win the two games," said Adkins. "You have to expect the other teams to go and win. It is in our destiny. We’ve worked very hard this season and we’re really looking forward to the opportunity that’s still there for us. Doncaster are doing everything they can to avoid relegation, we’re doing everything we can to get in the play-off positions. Going into the Middlesbrough game, I knew that we were going to get a result – we could tell the attitude amongst the players. Wigan had hurt them and they put the hours on the training ground and got their rewards."

Rovers striker Billy Sharp will be a familiar face to Reading fans, and in particular to Adkins - who has always enjoyed a good relationship with the forward.

"I’ve got so much time for Billy Sharp, I’ve had him at three clubs now. He's a top goalscorer, a top bloke we know he’s going to be a massive threat. Odds on he’s going to score! But we'll do everything we can to stop any of the Doncaster players scoring. We prepare the players all the time, we show them videos of the individuals that they play against and of Doncaster as a team: how they play – strengths, weaknesses and threats. They’re well aware. Sharpy is one of these players but we can't make it all about him. Doncaster have a good fluidity about themselves, having watched them at home. It’ll be a battle because there’s so much at stake."

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