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Boss: A great victory

18 January 2014

Adkins' delight after 7-1 win

Nigel Adkins was rightly delighted with his team after a stunning 7-1 win at home to Bolton, and once again he praised the togetherness of the players, staff and supporters.

After a 1-0 win at Watford seven days earlier, the boss was keen to keep a positive momentum, and the Royals answered his call in emphatic style. Adam Le Fondre got a first half hat-trick, while Pavel Pogrebnyak, Kaspars Gorkss, Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman also plundered goals.

The boss said, "Great credit to the players. They've been working extremely hard on the training ground, alongside the coaching staff, and we were very clinical in our finishing. It was a good team performance, a good victory and it backed up the win at Watford last week.

"I look at the manner of the victory, Pav and Alfie up front were a very good partnership, but the whole team had a good shape, worked hard for the cause and the pressing was excellent. And Alfie's finishing was great, very clinical."

As well as scoring seven goals, a number of events on the day caught the boss' eye, and he gave four specific examples that epitomised what he is trying to achieve.

He said, "There was a real togetherness and you can feel it across the football club, and at the training ground.

"In terms of that togetherness, there were a few things I noticed.

"Firstly, just before the warm-up I saw Kingsley and Queensley in the tunnel, they were having a breather so I asked them how they were doing, and they said, 'we're just doing our bit for the team' - that's what it's all about.

"Then wow, how good were the supporters! Starting the game and lifting everybody. It's that hand-in-hand thing, everyone working together.

"Garath McCleary unselfishly passing the ball for Alfie's hat-trick, it underlines everyone working for each other. And then Alfie handing the penalty to Pavel.

"So today we had everybody contributing, the supporters did it to raise the players, who have been doing it on the training ground, the staff are contributing in a massive way - and we've ended up with a great victory thanks to the club coming together."

The Royals are without eight players at the moment, and the boss praised the group's mentality, saying, "We've had players out injured but lads came in and stepped up to the mark, for example Hope Akpan who scored a great goal, he's come in and been top drawer alongside Danny Williams in the last two games.

"Nick Blackman came on and scored, his pace took him through, and again Jobi McAnuff with the armband did ever so well. 

"We finished the game with Jake Taylor and Michael Hector on the pitch, who was very assured, and Jordan Obita just keeps growing from strength to strength.

"Now we're looking forward and we really want to go and enjoy the second half of the season, I believe the wheels are in motion to do that."

Lastly, the boss conducted his post-match TV interviews against the background of booming music from the home dressing room, and the boss said with a wry smile that he had nothing to do with the choice of Drake, Ludacris et al. "That's not our music, I'm sure we're listening to Katy Perry!"


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