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'Getting back on track'

27 January 2014

Akpan on quick turnaround

Royals midfielder Hope Akpan says the side will be focussed on picking up three points on Tuesday night, as Blackpool visit Madejski Stadium.

The 22-year-old believes Nigel Adkins' men were hard done-by as a certain penalty was waived away, but says a fast return to Sky Bet Championship action could benefit the Royals.

"After the first half, we were very disappointed not to do better," he said. It was definitely a penalty in my eyes, Jobi has knocked the ball past him and he's taken him out. The ref's had a hard time.

"It's very hard to take as it was two bad goals we conceded. Luckily, there's a quick turnaround for the next game so hopefully we can get back on track."

Hope believes the Royals can take inspiration from an impressive first half display at Portman Road ahead of Tuesday night's clash with the Tangerines at Madejski Stadium.

"It's another chance to get three points - and we need as many points as we can get come the end of the season. We played really well in the first half but didn't carry that on into the second - we just need to perform like that on Tuesday night.

"They are another Championship team - all the Championship games are hard. So we're just going to go into the game focussed and make sure we do all the right things to win the game."

Tickets are still available for Tuesday night's (8pm) home fixture with Blackpool, call the ticket office on 0844 249 1871, go to, or buy from the ticket office or at the Oracle store.

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