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Adkins delighted with team unity!

19 July 2014

Manager reacts to positive trip to south-west

Royals boss Nigel Adkins was pleased with another good run out at Yeovil at the end of what has been a very productive stay in the south-west.

"We've had an excellent week down here in Devon," he said after a 1-1 draw at Huish Park this afternoon.

"We had the game at Exeter the other night and then today's, and I've been really pleased with the enthusiasm and the application of the players in training. It's been top drawer and I'm delighted.

"Today, we've given an hour to some players, 30 minutes for some others, and it has been another step in the progression we're looking for."

Pavel Pogrebnyak opened his account for the season, heading home at the start of the second half after a first 45 that had seen the Royals create good opportunities and play some very nice football.

"A positive is that Pavel scored a really good goal, from a Ryan Edwards cross - Ryan scored one at Exeter and today he's returned the favour and linked up well to create one.

"The negative is the goal we conceded is a poor one from my point of view. But, all in all, there was some really positive stuff, a lot we have to work a hell of a lot more on, but the spirit and camaraderie amongst this group of players has been first class.

"We started the game really lively on the front foot, zipped the ball about, created good opportunities when we penetrated. But after 20 minutes, Yeovil started to play a very high line and we haven't penetrated it enough.

"Then five or six of the team in that second half were playing under-18s last year and we want to make sure there is a pathway for them. How are they going to get better if we don't give them games? That's what we're doing and everyone is working hard for each other. There is a feeling of unity, I'm definitely seeing that."

Hal Robson-Kanu got his first minutes of pre-season and tested the Yeovil keeper within minutes of coming on, but the manager was without Danny Williams, Danny Guthrie and a number of others who weren't risked against the Glovers.

"We had an 11 vs 11 game in training yesterday and Danny Williams was in a collision with Aaron Kuhl and he went over on his ankle a little bit - so he wasn't risked today.

"Danny Guthrie is touch and go for next Saturday. We'll have to wait and see. He's raring to go but we've got to make sure he's right. We don't want little niggles to become anything worse.

"Hal has had two days training and I thought it was wise just to give him 30 minutes today. As you can see he's had no ill effects at all, he's fit, so we'll look to increase his game time as the week goes on."

The Royals now return to Berkshire and will face Wycombe Wanderers next weekend as the next step in the build up to the start of the new Championship season.


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