Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Adkins' cup disappointment

4 January 2014

Royals boss on Brighton defeat

Royals boss Nigel Adkins gave his reaction to our cup exit after a deflected goal separated the sides at the Amex Stadium this afternoon. "We're disappointed because we genuinely wanted to go on a cup run," he began.

"Brighton played some good football in the first half and that was clear to see. In that first half we gave the ball away too often against a very good passing side. That just demonstrates how much you need to keep good possession against a team who look to play out from the back.

"In the second half we kept it better, we had better passages of play in possession and there was a marked improvement. We wanted to give them problems with a front three, when we had possession of the ball and in the second half we showed good character, we were on the front foot a lot more and we had a few chances."

The last of those chances fell to full debutant Jake Taylor, who drilled over the crossbar in the dying stages.

"It was just unfortunate that Jake's chance fell to him on his left foot right at the end - you'd normally count on him to put that in the back of the net, but I thought he did ever so well for us.

"Young Jake has played in the middle of the park with Jordan Obita for the first time, and we've had Longy, Sweeney and Tanner on the bench, as well as Tshibola and Keown who have travelled with us.

"We've several players out injured at the moment which has given some of the younger lads a chance, and we've got a group of players there - we want there to be a pathway."

And Adkins stressed that he wanted a result as reward for some great support from the 2,154 away fans who travelled to the south coast to follow their side this afternoon.

"We brought some really good supporters who did everything they could to get behind the lads, and clapped them off at the end of the game.

"It was great to see so many of our fans here - we want that. And we've gone over and shown our appreciation for their support at full time. The lads never gave up, we kept going. But we all want to win in football and unfortunately it's a defeat today.

"And all our energies now have to be focussed on making sure we get ourselves up that league table.

"We've had a heavy fixture programme over the the Christmas period, the squad like all squads has been stretched and unfortunately we have come away from it on the wrong end of the results.

"What we've got to do now is regroup, refocus, and get ourselves ready for the league campaign ahead.

"We get ready for the next one now. I want to win games and at the moment the results aren't going our way. So now we are finding out a lot about ourselves."

Advertisement block