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Boss pleased to overcome injury list

27 August 2014

Adkins happy after cup progression

Nigel Adkins was very pleased to progress to the third round of the Capital One Cup - especially with 12 players unavailable before the game.

The Royals have Hector, Kelly, Obita, Ferdinand, Karacan, Guthrie, Williams, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Pogrebnyak and Tshibola injured, while Norwood was cup-tied.

The boss admitted we were a little disjointed in a 1-0 win against Scunthorpe, but was pleased to overcome the hurdles in front of us.

He said, "We're in the hat after what was always going to be a very challenging fixture.

"Scunthorpe played very well, but we're through after Jake Taylor came on and scored a good goal. I thought he and Ryan Edwards came on and injected some real energy in the last 20 minutes.

"Shaun Cummings manfully carried on until half time with a knee injury, and Sean Long came on for another debut and did ever so well.

"And that adds to Jake Cooper, who I thought had a super game on his first start. And Craig Tanner started for the first time, like Kuhly did on Saturday.

"So it was a competitive game for the youngsters and I'm really pleased for them. We knew it would be a challenge but we're through.

"There's a phenomenal amount of players unavailable, but we still managed to get a team out and get through to the next round. If you want to have cup runs, this division is relentless and you need a squad having a real go."

After a 4-0 loss at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, the boss was pleased with how we bounced back, an important trait with games so close together.

He commented, "After losing at Forest we asked for a response and a clean sheet and we got that.

"I know we can keep improving, but it's good that we're winning.

"In fairness, Scunthorpe have got good players and played well. Did we allow them too much space and allow them to pass the ball? Yes. So we need to improve that but we found a way to win. We looked disjointed but so many youngsters played, as well as new additions Cox and Mackie."

The boss and assistant Andy Crosby got a great reception from the Iron faithful, having served the club for a very long time.

He said, "I had 14 happy years here and there are some special memories for me.

"First and foremost our supporters can go home a bit happier, and we're very grateful especially with all the travelling they've done this week. Now we look forward to the next round. It's a hell of a long way so I'm really pleased for them.

"I was pleased with the reception, mindful of all the supporters and most of all pleased to be in the draw."

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