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Adkins hails hardy fans

27 August 2014

Boss appreciates support

Manager Nigel Adkins was very grateful to the 219 hardy Royals fans who saw their team win at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.

They saw an injury-hit Royals side progress thanks to a late Jake Taylor goal in what was the second of three away trips in eight days.

Adkins and the players made sure to acknowledge the fans at the end of the match and the boss said, “Our fans go home with a smile on their faces, which is important.

“I’m very mindful of our supporters, at the end we’ve gone to applaud them, and then acknowledge the support from Scunthorpe as well.

“We’ve had Forest away, Scunthorpe away and then Middlesbrough away, so it’s a tough week in anybody’s book and we’re very mindful of the supporters. They’ve travelled to support their team and have got something to cheer about in the end.

“I’m also appreciate of the reception [from the home fans] because I had 14 fantastic years here.”

With 12 players sidelined, there were first Reading starts for Craig Tanner, Jake Cooper and Jamie Mackie, as well as a debut off the bench for Sean Long.
Adkins said, “We’ve got debutants all the time at the moment! We’ll get back and have a count of bodies where we are. Shaun Cummings battled manfully to half time, we thought Nick Blackman would have to come off but he was able to continue.

“We’ve got a phenomenal amount of injuries and we picked up two players on Monday night who had played for our under 21s at Newcastle to be on the bench.

“We’ve got one more game to go before the international break, and I’d like to think all being well we’ll get one or two of them back.

“Saturday will be tough, we’ve kept a clean sheet to go through in the cup so let’s build on it.”

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