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Adkins: Poor goals cost us

19 August 2014

Boss disappointed after 2-1 loss

Royals boss Nigel Adkins was naturally disappointed to lose our unbeaten start to the season this evening, speaking after a 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town.

“Of course we’re not happy losing the game. And the two goals we conceded in the first period of the game were shocking.

“After the first one, it gives them something to hang onto. They could sit in, defend in numbers and then they had the threat of Wells at the other end at the same time.

“Then the second one goes in – both awful goals to give away. And we’ve had to go and chase the game.

“We were a little bit better in the second half. Aaron Kuhl has come on to make his debut tonight and has done ever so well in the middle of the park, Craig Tanner has played for a longer period to make his league debut, Coxy scored his first goal, Mackie made his debut for us.

“We gave ourselves an uphill task with the goals we gifted them and although we huffed and puffed a little bit, it wasn’t enough.

“We’ve got to move the ball quicker, we’ve got to find the spaces quicker and we’ve got to create more opportunities, be more of a threat.”

After the clean sheet against Ipswich, a young side couldn’t repeat the feat of the weekend in front of the home crowd tonight – but ups and downs are to be expected from such an inexperienced side.

“That’s the inconsistency that we might expect this season, and the inconsistency we’ve got to strive to get out of our game.

“We’ve got a young team and we’ve got to learn quickly. We were prepared for tonight’s game – we were all well aware that this was going to be a tough game tonight, we were well versed on that.

“The heights that some of the players reached on Saturday, we never reached them today.

“We’ve got a young group moving forward and a lot of experience coming back into the squad once they’re off the injury list. Maybe we can add to the group too.”

Three away trips await for Adkins’ men now, starting with a difficult trip to joint league leaders Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

“It’s a challenge the Championship. It’s physically demanding and mentally draining.

“But we’ve got to utilise the squad that we’ve got in a manner that will allow the players to go out and play at the top of their game.

“We’ll be united, keep everyone together, learn the lessons from this game and move on quickly to the next one. We’ll show the character, the grit and determination to keep improving.”


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