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Adkins: A good day out!

1 February 2014

Manager' praise for players

Manager Nigel Adkins was delighted with his players' mentality as they saw off Millwall to take a 3-0 win at the New Den.

Reading were well on top for the vast majority of the game, and took three points after Pavel Pogrebnyak opened the scoring; followed by firsts of the season for Alex Pearce and Danny Williams.

It was an excellent away trip for more than 1,100 Royals fans who travelled to South London, and it is now four wins in five games for Nigel Adkins' side.

The boss said, "I thought the spirit of the players was top drawer.

"Millwall is always a difficult place to come to, they've got a fantastic new manager trying to invigorate the place, we knew we had to battle but we had a great shape and the players put a real shift in. The defensive resolve gave us a springboard to win the game.

"We scored some good goals, and should have had a penalty in the first half for a clear foul on Pav. It was an emphatic win, great support, we brought a lot of people and they got right behind us. It was a good day out!"

Winning at difficult places like the New Den always gives a real sense of satisfaction, and the boss said, "If you want to achieve something you need to win at places like this. The mindset and mentality were spot on. We've shown good character, great togetherness, other people scored, and we're a massive threat at set plays.

"It's about time Pearcey went and scored! It's great to see his reaction like that. Pav scored, Danny Williams and we could have had more.

"We lost Hope with an ankle injury, young Jake Taylor did ever so well in there. It's too early to tell on Hope for next week, credit to him for carrying on and trying to run it off.

"We've got a lot of games coming, everyone is having a go for each other, which is great. Great credit to the players."

Asked to explain the key component in the last few weeks, Adkins said succinctly, he said, "Hard work! There's no great secret to it. We've had a consistent team selection, and therefore a consistent team performance, so there's no coincidence."

Lastly, the boss reflected on his transfer deadline day, saying. "I was in bed! The hotel didn't have Sky Sports News either!

"We've got a real good group of players, all together and having a right good go for each other, I'm delighted with that.

"We let the board sort things out, we concentrate on what we are doing. I just focus on the group of players we've got.

"So now we're really looking forward to the second half of the season. We're right in the mix, let's see how far it takes us."

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