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Adkins: It's a building block

6 December 2014

Boss reflects on 0-0 draw

Nigel Adkins described our point against Bolton as a good building block.

Reading had chances to win the game, but after some mixed results the boss was relatively pleased to make it four points from two games.

He admitted the first 30 minutes were not up to his expectations, but we recovered well and had chances to win the game, as well as a goal disallowed.

Adkins said, "We're looking to build some momentum and it's another clean sheet.

"Admittedly there's a tinge of frustration because we've had more than enough opportunities to win the game.

"The first half hour was nowhere near good enough, we had the same starting eleven from last week but sat back too much. I wanted us to be better but at the same time Bolton weren't threatening.

"We had a good spell before half time, then after the break Glenn Murray's goal was rightly disallowed, so we had enough opportunities to win.

"We continually looked threatening from set plays, we'd worked hard on variation against a zonal defence and getting the first contact.

"But the ball hasn't gone in the net. Whether that's down to the keeper making a save, us blocking our own efforts or not hitting the target. If it goes in, the complexion of the game is completely different.

"Like I say, we're looking for building blocks and we've conceded far too many goals this season but today is a clean sheet.

"We limited them, Feds had to make one good save. Obviously I'd have prefer us to have won, and we had enough chances to do that.

"Cooper and Hector have had two games together and have been a big threat in both penalty areas. We created a load of chances, but had to take one."

The Royals now travel to Birmingham City, and the boss said we will monitor Hal Robson-Kanu, who came off with a hamstring injury. None of the other injured players are likely to return as we take on Gary Rowett's side at St Andrew's.

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