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Adkins annoyed by display

25 March 2014

Boss: It wasn't good enough

Manager Nigel Adkins was left very frustrated after seeing his team put in a lacklustre display against Barnsley.

We lost 3-1 to the Tykes, and on a night when the teams around us generally failed to pick up results, the boss was left very disappointed.

When asked about the results around us, he said, "That just makes it even more annoying.

"We had a great opportunity tonight. We started brightly for a couple of minutes, but shot ourselves in the foot with a shocking goal given away.

"We got ourselves back in the game with a penalty that Pav won himself, but across the board we were not good enough tonight.

"We did not put two passes together, and I share the frustration with everybody out there because we had a great opportunity tonight and haven't taken it.

"Now I've got to reflect on why we haven't produced anywhere the sort of level of performance and ability that we've got, individually and collectively."

The Royals' home form has been below par in recent weeks, and the boss said, "Tonight was very, very frustrating and the thing is now we've got to regroup. Saturday is another important game at home against a team below us, we spoke about it in the dressing room after the game.

"We look so dangerous away, and [at home] we've got to be brave enough to pass and control the football. We've got a team full of internationals playing the same formation we've had since the turn of the year, so everyone knows their roles, but tonight we were nowhere near the level we should have been."

Asked about how to remedy the contradiction between home and away form, he said, "We've got to be better on the ball, I want a team that can control and pass the ball, I always have done. We need to do it consistently, tonight we haven't. The spaces were there to go and do it.

"And I've got no problem with fans voicing their discontent because we were not good enough across the board. If you can't pass and control the ball in front of 16,000, how can you expect to do it in front of 30,000 or 40,000?

"So we haven't done it, and it's a case of 'we.' It's everyone together, none of us were good enough. We're still in the play-offs, I've got make sure I get everybody up.

"So it wasn't a good evening but we have to pick up and go again. The players are well aware of that.

"We have to do it together and be better than we were tonight, because we still have a chance. I'm sure come the weekend, we're due a win at home, because it's not been good enough."

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