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"Good shape, great spirit"

16 February 2014

Adkins reflects on superb away day win

A delighted Nigel Adkins reflected on three great goals, three important points and a red card that thankfully didn't threaten our grip on a game we deserved to win.

"We've come away from home and got a good win," he beamed.

"Danny Williams has scored to get us off to a good start. We thought we could break off their midfielder and get in the box to score, and that's what he's done, a midfielder getting in there and getting a head to it - it was very Robson-esque casting your mind back many years now.

"We've allowed them to score a goal which was disappointing from our perspective. We haven't won the first ball that's come in, it's bouncing around too much in our penalty area, but how the lads responded.

"A thunderous header from a set play from Pearcey put us back in the lead, he showed great desire to get his head onto it.

"And then wow! What a goal from Garath McCleary, the lad's got so much ability, he looks a massive threat, and it was a great goal.

"Fortunately I was right behind it and I was screaming 'go on, get at the full back,' he's gone so far and then unleashed a fantastic strike that was great for all to see.

"It just flew into the net, a great finish. I get excited about goals like that and I'm looking forward to seeing it back again to be honest."

The Royals were reduced to ten men when former QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss harshly saw red for a late challenge on Junior Hoilett which didn't seem too rash - some replays even suggested the Latvian might have a faint touch to the ball before the winger.

"From where I was on the other side of the pitch, it looked like a silly challenge to contemplate," the Royals boss said before seeing the footage.

"But having seen the video back, I think there is a lot of debate about it.

"My initial decision to appeal Pearce's red card from last week was justified. We'll sit down and look at this one and I'll have to reflect on it.

"But first and foremost, well done to our players, because for that 20 minute period, we had a good shape.

"We more or less played with ten men for the whole game last weekend, and we had a different shape then as we were chasing the game being a goal down that day. 

"We were in front this time, so we had two good banks of four, the distances between the players were good, and it was a case of 'break us down if you can'.

"The lads looked comfortable and composed and we had that counter-attacking ability too. Young Michael Hector comes on and wasn't fazed whatsoever - another one of the Academy products that we're trying to bring through.

"So it was a great win, our supporters were brilliant and will leave happy, the spirit between the players is great. 

"Today highlighted that we've got goals in the team from all over the pitch, we've got a good shape and you can see the spirit amongst the players. We're in a good vein of form and everyone's enjoying it."

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