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Adkins: A stop-start game

22 February 2014

Boss reflects on Rovers loss

Manager Nigel Adkins was left to rue a narrow defeat after a very frustrating game against Blackburn.

The match was staccato in the extreme, with the Royals unable to get any tempo thanks to a number of factors.

Once Rovers got their noses in front with what was a bad goal from a Reading perspective, they were allowed to make the game very stop-start, and we were denied what the boss called a 'stonewall' penalty in the last 15 minutes.

Adkins said, "We've let our momentum slip away a little bit, which is a shame.

"I thought we started well, put the ball in good areas, but conceded a goal when we got done on the counter attack. It was from our own free kick, we'd left two players back, there's a suggestion of a foul on Gunter although I haven't seen it, but they scored and it gave them something to hang onto.

"They defended well, it was stop-start with free kicks left right and centre. The ball was out of play a lot and took a long time to come back, there was no flow. Credit to Blackburn because they came with a game plan and took all the points.

"With 30 minutes to go we tried to force the issue with a triple substitution. Then it was a clear penalty, and that's two games against Blackburn now when we've had penalties not given. Alfie was six yards from goal, about to shoot and the lad scoops the ball away with his hand. You look at the Who knows what would have happened if it had gone in?

"So it wasn't a great game, but we've got to pick ourselves up for the next one. We've got an honest bunch of players all working hard. It was slow, scrappy, and a shame because the players have been working so hard.

"The atmosphere was great at times in the stadium and like I say I thought we started on the front foot. We'll draw a line under it, debrief the game and go again. 

"Next week is another home game, every match presents its different challenges. Today it wasn't to be but now we start preparing for next week."

Nigel Adkins' reaction on YouTube.

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