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Form, Cherries & Guthrie

8 April 2014

Adkins speaks on AFCB trip

Nigel Adkins says the players' spirit has been a key factor in our excellent away form this season, and he has lauded the return of influential midfielder Danny Guthrie.

Only promoted Leicester have won more games on their travels, and we go to Bournemouth tonight in search of an eleventh away win of the season.

Adkins told Reading FC Player, "We're in the mix, we've been in there all season, and the players have demonstrated spirit with the amount of games we've won away from home.

"At home we've drawn too many by conceding cheap goals. If you give bad goals away, you don't win games, it's as simple as that.

"In March we only lost one game, and we've won five and drawn one of our last six away. So we've got spirit, togetherness and we should look forward to what's ahead. We've got confidence and we've got goal threats."

Adkins welcomed back Danny Guthrie on Saturday following a two-game suspension, and the former Newcastle man made a key contribution by setting up the winner for midfield partner Danny Williams.

The boss said, "I think everyone knows how highly I rate Danny Guthrie, he's a proper football player in my eyes who can pass the ball, and if you want to achieve anything you've got to do that.

"Him and Danny Williams, they had a good partnership on Saturday and I thought we had a good shape. Jobi on the left led the team again very well. The centre halves were commanding and Alex didn't really have a save to make. It's not just about eleven players, it's the whole group."

Both Michael Hector and Hope Akpan were ruled out with injury, and Nigel commented, "We've got one or two with injuries or niggles but players are making themselves available, and it's great to see Wayne Bridge on the bench. He's such a talented player. When you think about him, and Mikele Leigertwood who was outstanding for the under 21s last week, that's really pleasing. We need everyone to contribute.

"And at Charlton the support was good, and we've got hunger and desire. Emotionally it'll always be topsy turvy but throughout the club we've got experience of being here before."

Looking ahead to this evening's match at Bournemouth, wo go to the south coast to take on a side in excellent form, they have won their last four games and have seven wins in their last nine games overall.

The boss said, "It'll be a tough game, they're a good side and have got momentum like ourselves. They play from the back, the play through and they're a massive threat, I love watching them.

"They're hot on our heels so we know it'll be tough - but we've got to make it tough for them."

The game is SOLD OUT for Royals fans - listen LIVE on Reading FC Player for full commentary.

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