Adkins' frank reaction to DW defeat
Royals boss Nigel Adkins was pulling no punches when it came to analysing a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Wigan this afternoon. "This was a game to come and win. Wigan were excellent on the day, we were shocking on the day," he said.
"I've got to digest why that was the case. In terms of one on one duels, we were set up similarly to them - so it should have been man for man all over the pitch.
"But we never got anywhere near winning our one on one duels, we didn't put a tackle in, we didn't make an interception, and when we got the ball we gave it away cheaply.
"They had a lot of quality on the football, a lot of movement, and let's make it perfectly clear, Wigan were very, very good today.
"But we've got to look at ourselves and we were nowhere near the level we have to be if we have serious aspirations to get ourselves promoted."
Two goals towards the end of the first half gave the hosts a comfortable cushion going into the break, and a third just after the restart ended the contest.
"I've just looked back at the three goals and if you don't stay with your runner, you're giving them a situation from which they can score a goal. I need to establish why that happened.
"Young Michael Hector in the middle of the park might have given a few passes away, but he showed a desire to get on the ball and a willingness to keep running. And Jordan Obita playing against a very talented winger did very well today. But collectively, it wasn't good enough.
"We're still in there fighting and we've got to go again on Tuesday. It is within our grasp. But we need to better than today, if we seriously want to get ourselves promoted to the Premier League this season."
"Whichever players wear the Reading shirt on Tuesday night have got to have a passion, a hunger and a desire to do well for the cause, and the grit to hang in there when things aren't quite going our way."
Asked where Wigan's performance ranked in terms of our opposition this season, the Royals boss admitted "They were the best.
"I thought they were the best team we have played against this season, they gave us more problems than any other team this season. They were excellent all round.
"All being well we'll meet them again in the play-off final...but we'll have to be a hell of a lot better than we were today!"