Royals boss on Brighton defeat
"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.
"And all our energies now have to be focussed on making sure we get ourselves up that league table.
"What we've got to do now is regroup, refocus, and get ourselves ready for the league campaign ahead.