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Mixed emotions for Adkins

25 January 2014

Boss reacts to Portman Rd defeat

Manager Nigel Adkins had mixed emotions after our 2-0 away defeat to Ipswich; he was pleased with much of our play but disappointed to lose.

Reading were on top in the first half and were denied a clear penalty for a foul on Jobi McAnuff, but the second half belonged to Ipswich and the key moments went their way.

Adkins was philosophical when speaking to the media at full time, saying, "I thought overall it was a typical, good Championship game.

"We played well first half, great closing down by the players, put the ball in good areas and we showed good energy.

"We should have had a penalty and maybe that was a turning point in a type of game when the first goal was always going to be key. But the referee didn't give it so you get on with it. Jobi was positive all game, it was a silly challenge from their player. Jobi wanted to stay on his feet, like I say it was a foul, but we didn't get it and that's just how it goes.

"So the attitude of the players in the first half was tremendous. But credit to Ipswich, the second half was theirs, they had to come out and compete, and they got the edge in the game.

"For the first goal we were away on a counter attack but then they got forward from that, it was tight for offside but I've seen it again and I think he's just onside in fairness, and they scored what was a crucial goal.

"We came back at them again with a good attitude, we had things flashing across the face of the box, Jordan Obita and Jobi McAnuff were outstanding down the left.

"And Nick Blackman was a threat when he came on, he could have scored one or two, one was over the crossbar, but we kept going and there was a lot of positivity there.

"So as I say we created chances, the game was always going to be close one way or the other and it's gone to Ipswich."

So while the boss took a calm attitude to the result, don't mistake that as any change in his will to win.

He said, "We want to win. We had a good shape, the players are working hard, creating chances and defending well. There were fine lines in the game.

"We were good first half, we come away with nothing, but the attitude of the players was bang on, and for me that bodes well, and we look forward to Blackpool."

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