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Adkins: Workrate was phenomenal

26 July 2014

Boss pleased after 2-0 victory

Nigel Adkins was very pleased with his players after they earned a good 2-0 friendly win away to Wycombe.

Pavel Pogrebnyak and Jake Taylor were on target, and we created a number of chances on what was a positive afternoon's work.

Adkins said, "I thought the workrate of the players was phenomenal, and their movement in baking hot conditions.

"We created numerous opportunities, and the players worked extremely hard. I'm very pleased with the players' fitness and where they are at this moment in time.

"I was pleased Jake Taylor scored, his workrate and enthusiasm was first class, he deserved to score and could have had a double hat-trick!

"Big Pav scored a goal at the far post which we're really pleased about and is something we've looked at. That's two in three for him now.

"And Ryan Edwards linking up the play was phenomenal with his movement, and he could have scored himself.

"Nick Blackman came on and rattled the bar, then the goalkeeper made an unbelievable save from his header. Again that's something he's worked on with Dean Wilkins, to use his body in the right manner to head the ball at the far post. There's a lot of great stuff going on at the training ground, all going in the same direction.

"The whole team ethos is there, the workrate and the desire to pass, move and penetrate. We had an array of passing on show.

"Then with 15 minutes to go, we made a number of planned changes. They all looked very assured and confident, having played last night at Borehamwood as well. We are one club, it's a young squad but a hungry one."

Last but not least, close to half of their entire attendance today was backing Reading, and the boss reserved praise for the 840 travelling fans.

"It was great. We've had a couple of games in Devon and appreciated the supporters who came down there, and then even more came today. You know how much I value and appreciate their support, it's been challenging for them but there's a feelgood factor and a togetherness. We want to give them a team to be proud of, and something to cheer about.

"They appreciate we've got a young group, they will give them support and give them some slack. It'll be a challenging season, the Championship is a tough ask, young players need support and encouragement and they'll get that."

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