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Boss relishing huge month

4 April 2014

Adkins underlines importance

With a new month upon us and just seven games remaining of this 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship season, manager Nigel Adkins is fully aware of the importance of this final push.

The Royals were defeated just once in the month of March, and Adkins is aiming to get more points on the board in April as the side look to cement their place in the play-offs.

"We know the importance now, games are running out," Adkins told Reading FC Player. "We're in a great position in respect of being in the play-off positions.

"We talked at the start of the season about being in the race, especially come the last month when there are so many games. We're certainly in there. It's an exciting month coming up, and we should all look forward and get behind the lads."

Reading travel away from home to take on Charlton Athletic on Saturday, and although the Addicks are enjoying a rich rein of form, Adkins believes the Royals can take all three points.

"It's interesting. A new manager has come in, they've changed it round and they're on a good run of form. Forget the league table, and winning on Tuesday evening should give them confidence going into this next game.

"But we're bouyed with the idea of going there and getting the three points that we need. Obviously our form on the road is very good. I'm not sure on the current form table but I would suggest we're up towards the top."

And finally the manager had praise for our youth teams, crediting the under-18s after playing some excellent football in their FA Youth Cup first leg semi-final draw against Fulham.

"We've got a really good Academy here," he added. "It's well run, and we've got to make sure there's a pathway to the first team. Against Fulham on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, they played great football and it was a joy to watch. We wish them really well on Monday for the second leg."

Watch the full interview on Reading FC Player by clicking here.

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