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Adkins 'kicks every ball' in 1-0 win

30 August 2014

Boss fully involved in excellent win

Manager Nigel Adkins kicked every ball in the Royals' excellent 1-0 win away to Middlesbrough, displaying great passion from the sidelines and backing for our young team - so much so that he said he needed a good shower after the match!

We scored an excellent team goal through Simon Cox and defended manfully to make it two 1-0 wins in two away games.

With 11 players out injured, it was an excellent victory and a delighted boss said, "It's a great win. We've come away from home against a very good side who have invested heavily, and obviously it's been well documented about the availability of several of our players.

"We scored a great goal - what a great bit of football that was to score a goal and well finished by Coxy. Then we've had to show the other side of what the Championship is all about. We've had to grind, we've had to show desire and grit and determination.

"I've sweated more than everybody I think and I need a shower! We were shouting on the side of the pitch but that's the enthusiasm and desire we want to win games of football."

The Royals performed stoically and managed through the game very well, with the boss saying, "We changed the shape towards the end and had two of our under 21s from last season coming off the bench and doing great. We had such a young side out there who showed great spirit, great heart and for me it's a really really pleasing win. We've flown up, so that breaks that hoodoo!

"Two back to back clean sheets, two 1-0 victories both away from home and it's an excellent result for us. We did well last season away from home and we've done alright this season as well.

"Late on, how many saves did Feds actually have to make. We knew they have a lot of possession of the ball but Feds hasn't really had a save to make. We've gone and won the game, great 1-0 victory - very, very happy."

And the boss gave a special mention to the 242 fans who travelled the length and breadth of the country to back the team, saying, "I gave them a clap before the game as well because it's a long way to come - I spoke to a few outside before the match and they're leaving at 5 in the morning, half 5 - some staying overnight. It's a lot of commitment and you could see the commitment from our players today too which justifies the journey."

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