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Adkins credits his players

15 March 2014

Boss reflects on draw with Derby

Manager Nigel Adkins credited his players for their efforts after what has been a very positive week for the club.

With five points from Championship games away to Brighton & Leeds then at home to Derby, plus historic wins for our under 18s and under 21s, the boss was upbeat come 5pm on Saturday.

He said, "There's a lot of positivity and we have to keep it that way. 

"I thought today was a good game, great credit to our players after the week they've had. Brighton away we could have won, then we scored four at Leeds, got back at 5am and for the players to put in a performance today was very good. 

"We had chances in the game, Royston had a good game and had a great chance first half, then we were strong at the end of the match, Alfie you'd normally fancy to score his chance, then Hopey did well to get in at the back post with a diving header, and Nick Blackman had a chance too. It's a shame we didn't win it, but it's a clean sheet and a point on the board.

"Like I say, there's a good spirit, we played a good Derby side who are above us in the division. They play good football, I think we nullified them and they did the same to us so it was cat and mouse at times.

"The under 18s are through to the semi-final of the Youth Cup for the first time ever after beating Liverpool midweek, now the under 21s are in the final of the Premier League cup after beating Arsenal today, so there's a lot of positivity about the football club."

The boss anticipates the top six will continue to trade places, and said, "The table is going to fluctuate. We've got spirit, we believe we play football the right way and we score goals, I think we're second in terms of goals scored at home.

"We create opportunities, we got four at Leeds and I can think of four chances today as well. They could have ended up as goals, and confidence is still high. We're looking forward to the remaining ten games now.

"We know what it's like, you hold your nerve, keep your belief, and the spirit is top drawer. Ten games to go, it's exciting. Credit to Leicester and Burnley, they've put themselves in the box seats.

"Today is another point on the board against a good side. Now the message is hold your nerve, be excited, get behind the players, they'll keep working hard."

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