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20 January 2014

Adkins in-depth after big win

Manager Nigel Adkins was understandably very pleased after the team's cracking 7-1 win over Bolton this past weekend; the first time we have scored seven goals since way back in 1979.

Since the dust settled on the win, the boss has spoken at length on a number of topics, ranging from Pavel & ALF's partnership, to our supporters' excellent backing, transfers and much more besides.

I thought Pav and Alfie looked a massive threat. They worked extremely hard together at Watford, phenomenal work rate. Alfie was top drawer last week and then got three great goals on Saturday. Pav got on the scoresheet as well, they both worked very hard and it was backed up by everyone else. The pressing was very good and we had a good shape.

I was really pleased with the togetherness. Pav helped Alfie with the second goal, and Garath McCleary was unselfish with the third one. And Alfie handed the penalty over to Pavel for him to go and score. All of that demonstrates everyone working for each other. We backed up the win at Watford and the players deserve credit because they're the ones who go out and do it.

We scored seven good goals, and in fact the best goal would have been when Jordan went down the left and crossed it, Pav headed it back and Alfie just couldn't keep it down, unfortunately. It was annoying to concede - but we don't want that to cloud a very good performance. We've played good football in previous games but not picked up results. Great credit goes to the players and coaching staff, the result was the culmination of a lot of good work. We stopped Bolton playing, because they can pass the ball. 

The crowd were right behind the players, so thank you for that, you were brilliant. We all want the same thing, we want to really enjoy the second half of the season. Everyone has a role to play and everyone is valued.  

In terms of injuries, all being well we're hoping Bridge and Morrison will be available in February, we'll wait and see, and there were no new injuries to report after Saturday's game.

Reading Football Club is about people, and many, many different departments all working hard for the same common cause, which is the good of Reading Football Club. I spoke to Kingsley and Queensley before the game and they just said the are doing their bit for the team, which is what it's all about. We all represent the club, and there are a lot of people here who are all together and want to do well.

In terms of transfers, I don't want to talk about anyone else in this window, I'd rather speak about a group of players working really hard for each other, which was demonstrated on Saturday. Maybe we turn around and say, we've got a group of people, with several to come back from injury, they've all shown they can do well, all working hard, maybe we just say 'this is us,' let's have a good crack at it second half of the season, really enjoy it and see where it takes us.

When I'm asked about Alfie, my comments have always been the same since I came here - he's a great goalscorer and we've got no intention of let him going anywhere. We value him very highly, and look at his performances, he's very important to us.

Jobi led the team ever so well again, and Hope & Danny worked really hard. I was really pleased for Hope with his goal, it's been challenging for him being out of the team, but he's come in and done extremely well.

Jordan Obita has stepped up with us this season, his athleticism and quality on the ball gives us that balance with a natural left-footer. With Gunter on one side and Obita on the other, we've got energy to burn, look at Jordan getting forward for the penalty. We've missed Wayne Bridge for a long time, we've had Shaun and Kells there, but we're just having a left footer there now. Jordan just looks a natural, he's a natural football player.

Hector look very assured when he came on and we've been very pleased with him since he came in. We finished the game with Obita, Hector and Taylor on the pitch, they've been here a long time and there's a pathway there for them. 

Training is periodised so the lads get fitter as the season goes on, and we know it works. We've always said that. A number of lads were out on the pitch after the game, the fit-not-selected players, as well as those who came on, Nick Blackman for example who scored, Jakey Taylor, Michael Hector, they were out there training. 

It was challenging over Christmas, and sometimes confidence can be affected, but the way everyone responded has been really pleasing. We've just got to keep the momentum going. Sometimes you have to change your track as you go through a journey, but the end goal is just the same. Next is Ipswich, then it's Blackpool, we've got things planned out. Don't get too high when you win or too low when you lose.

I was low after Brighton, but on Saturday I was just pleased to get three points and preparations started straight away for Ipswich. Actions speak louder than words - and the players went out and did it.

We're in the play-offs, the supporters got right behind the players and everyone has been together. In March and April, you play roughly a quarter l2of the season in the space of two months, and the biggest, strongest squad has the best chance. We've got 8 players out unavailable, if we get them back... and players are stepping up to the mark. I'd like to think in the second half of the season we're building momentum and looking forward to it. 


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