Boss previews SaturdayNigel Adkins spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Ipswich Town at Madejski Stadium. Here's what he said...
They’re a very good side and a massive challenge for us. We played them on the first game of last season and it was a close encounter. They're a good football team – they’ve got a big side as well so from a set pieces point of view they’ve got six big’uns in there who will cause a threat from set plays, but they can play also football with the wide players coming off the line.
Mick’s a great manager and I’ve got massive respect for him, so we’re under no illusions this is going to be a really challenging fixture for us. They got off to a good start last week, beating Fulham. But we’re at home and everyone’s going to get behind the players. We’ve got a young, ambitious group of players who have started the season well and we’re looking forward to the game.
on Jay Tabb
Jay has done great - unfortunately we didn’t have an opportunity to utilise Jay when we arrived while he was away on loan. But he’s a real industrious player who works extremely hard, and he scored a goal that day at Madejski Stadium last year so hopefully that’s his only one, and he doesn’t come and reproduce that on the weekend.
As I said to Alex, Feds has had a superb pre-season. He’s come back in great shape, looked after himself ever so well and worked extremely hard. He's very impressive on the training ground and in games – plays out form the back extremely well. I thought he deserved his opportunity to start the game and he he did ever so well.
I think we’ve got some exceptional goalkeepers at this football club. Alex played all last year, Feds was ultra-professional all the way through the season. Alex came and played on Tuesday, I’d made that call and told them on the Friday – and he’s gone and performed well the other night in a victory.
On conceding late
It's something we’ve talked about when we’ve reflected on the game. It’s down to that little bit of focus, individual concentration.
On a Royals #WallOfColour
It will be great. Hopefully there'll be a big crowd full of blue and white with everyone looking forward to it.