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Adkins: Response was key

29 March 2014

Boss speaks after 1-1 draw

Manager Nigel Adkins was pleased with the response of both the team and the supporters as the Royals came back to pick up a point that increased our cushion in the play-off positions.

We went 1-0 down to Huddersfield in only the third minute, and after a home defeat four days earlier, the players and supporters showed a stoic resolve to bounce back within five minutes.

Either side could have won the game from then on in, with both Alex McCarthy and Alex Smithies making excellent saves. And with results elsewhere going in our favour, we now have a two-point gap between us and seventh.

Adkins said, "It was challenging the other night, we had to get ourselves ready for this one and we were very positive going into the the game, thinking we could get on the front foot.

"But one ball over the top, unfortunately Morro has misjudged it after being out for a while, and Wells, who was a massive threat and great acquisition in January, made it 1-0.

"But well done to the players and to the crowd at that point.

"I wrote down in my book about the crowd, they were trying to get things going and get behind the players, which was important.

"We scored a penalty through Pav to make it 1-1, and from then both goalkeepers made saves, there were oohs and aahs at both ends.

Alex McCarthy made some really good saves. Smithies made a great save from Pav's diving header and also from Hector's thunderous shot."

The boss made four changes to his starting XI, and was pleased we lifted our performance, although of course he would have preferred all three points.

He reflected, "We wanted to get on the front foot, play with a tempo and give the crowd something to cheer about.

"We needed to get the game quicker to raise the tempo and enthusiasm. Sometimes you have to give the other side credit. Huddersfield play football the right way, control and pass it.

"But we concentrate on us. We've picked up a point, in the second half you'd have to say we ground it, so it's a point and we have to move on from that.

"We're still in that play-off position. Games are running out, but we're in there and must keep driving everybody on."

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