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Adkins: Togetherness was key

26 April 2014

Boss delighted after 3-1 win

Reading's players showed real togetherness to come from a goal down to beat Doncaster - that's the view of manager Nigel Adkins.

We scored three goals inside the last half hour to move back into the play-off places, and our destiny is in our own hands when we play Burnley at Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Adkins said, "It was an excellent win away from home.

"We reminded the players at half time that we haven't done well this season when going behind, so it was about time we did.

"The grit was there for everyone to see and the contribution of all of the players was very important. It was a horrible game in the first half, we conceded a poor goal, but well done to the players because the second half was far better. What did I say at half time? You don't want to know.

"The togetherness was there, and importantly it was there at the right time of the season. The passion was there as well."

There were many individuals who played a key role in the win, and there was praise for young Jake Taylor, who made his first appearance in six weeks to set up our second goal.

Adkins said, "Jake did great for us at an important time, he's been with us since the age of 8, he hasn't featured much recently but he trains magnificently and we had confidence to put him in there. It was a super cross from him for the second goal."

Mikele Leigertwood played 90 minutes on his first start for more than a year, and the boss commented, "I've said it so many times about Ledge, what a great man he is. To have been out for over year and put that performance in was great, you say sensational, and it was great for the team."

He continued, "Late in the game they put the big man on, we knew it would go into the mixer so we were able to change it quickly. Kaspars has been out of the team but we were able to bring him and Michael Hector on to see the game out.

"Like I say, well done to the players, now we have a week of preparation. Next week we need the Madejski Stadium bouncing, Burnley will give us nothing so we've all got to be at it. If we do that, it's in our hands.

"We've taken it to the final game of the season, as everyone knows when you're in the play-offs anything can happen. Now we've got to get there first."

Tickets for the Burnley game are on sale at www.readingfcdirect.co.uk now

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