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Adkins: Bad goal cost us

1 March 2014

Boss left to rue Yeovil drama

Manager Nigel Adkins admitted the match against Yeovil was the type of fixture we want to win in order to be successful this season.

It was a crazy game at Madejski Stadium, with three red cards for the visitors, a saved penalty, inspired goalkeeping from Marek Stech and plenty of incidents inside the box late on.

We were ultimately left to rue a poor opening goal that gave the Glovers a first half lead; and asked whether the result was two points dropped, Adkins said, "Yes, of course it is.

"We started on the front foot but yet again conceded a really poor goal from our point of view, which gave them something to hang onto.

"The first half was then scrappy, we went far too long in our play and our desire to score.

"The second half was better, we kept it well and got into a good position at 1-1. We missed the penalty but scored from the follow-up, and you're thinking it's game on, especially as they lost a couple of players.

"Then for 20 minutes we had more players on the pitch but didn't capitalise. Credit to Yeovil, they defended the box well, but we've got to go and win games likes this."

The Royals threw everything into the box inside the last 20 minutes after Town's first two red cards, and Adkins said, "We've got international players and you've got to get the ball into the right areas.

"We did that on numerous occasions, we got wide players on the ball and had opportunities to score - but like I say we didn't capitalise.

"We went to three at the back, full backs pushed on, wide players to deliver crosses from behind and not from deep, which we were doing too much in the first half.

"But it was the final pass with the quality or bit of movement to put the ball in the net. In fairness to Yeovil, they fixed bayonets very well."

After a similar display against Blackburn a week before, the boss admitted we need to be tighter defensively in order to give ourselves a better platform.

"Like in the last couple of weeks, if you give a soft goal away it gives the opposition something to hang on to.

"They'll defend deep, we have to break them down and that transmits around the stadium, which always happens in football. The first goal is important, we haven't got it and when we reflect at the end of the season we've conceded too many cheap goals at home."

Looking ahead to the next fortnight, Nigel acknowledged the importance of our upcoming games.

"Now we've got nine or ten players away on international duty, then it's Brighton away, Leeds away and Derby at home - probably if you look at it the biggest week so far in the context of our season."

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