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Adkins delighted with young team

16 August 2014

Boss pleased after Town are beaten

Manager Nigel Adkins was rightly very happy with his young team after an important 1-0 win against Ipswich.

We finished the game with an average age of just 23, handing debuts to Jake Cooper and Jack Stacey, while Jake Taylor scored his first ever Reading goal on only his second League start. Against an Ipswich team who beat Fulham this time last week, there was much to be positive about.

The boss was very upbeat when starting his post-match press interviews, and when it was put to him rather cruelly that it wasn't a terrific game, he said with a smile, "Not terrific?! Eh?! I thought it was great!

"It was great for the supporters, we had eight Academy players get on the pitch, 12 of the 18 have come through the system, we scored a good goal through Jake Taylor, had to fix bayonets late on because Ipswich are a big side, so what a great win and for me it was really exciting!

"The crowd got behind every one of the players, the lads showed great heart and desire to work for each other, and I loved the whole game, clean sheet and a 1-0 win at home!"

Taylor scored a predator's goal with a neat toepoke, and Nigel said, "It's only Jake's second start, he's been with us since the age of 8. He works ever so hard in training every day, but he can play as well.

"I think we've had a good week, played well at Wigan and should have won, then got through in the cup and now today we've got an excellent victory. It was a challenge, Mick's teams always are so it's an excellent three points."

While the boss was pleased, he rightly cautioned that the Championship can throw up many different challenges, especially with such a young squad.

He said, "There will be ups and downs, today is an up so we'll enjoy it, but keep our feet on the ground.

"We're pleased because so many young players were involved, and we've also got a number of players out - Kelly, Guthrie, Karacan, Williams, Robson-Kanu, McCleary, then Mackie and Ferdinand are working hard after just signing. When they're back they'll add to what is a very hard-working group. Their attitude since joining has been infectious."

He continued, "As a team we defended well and did Feds have to make a safe? Shauny C cleared one off the line late on. I thought first half we were on the front foot, could have had another goal, but it was a very competitive league game - and for the youngsters it's a case of 'welcome to the Championship.'

"Michael Hector has done really well in midfield in the previous games, then he was outstanding at the back today. We lost Morro on Tuesday, that can be disruptive but everyone contributed.

"We're really excited - but we can't get too high after today because we know what the Championship is like."

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