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Stylish goals delight Adkins

22 March 2014

Manager pleased after 2-1 victory

Manager Nigel Adkins was delighted with the manner of both goals in our 2-1 win away to Birmingham.

Jobi McAnuff scored in either half to earn us three points at St Andrew's and move us back into the play-off places, and both goals were well worked by the Royals, with Royston Drenthe, Hope Akpan & Chris Gunter among those making key contributions.

Adkins said, "I thought the two goals we scored were very good. I've watched them back on the video, it was good interplay and good movement to create goals worthy of winning games.

"It's a great win, it wasn't a great game but like I say we scored two top drawer goals. And both from Jobi McAnuff, he hasn't scored in the League for a couple of years, he's been knocking on the door and now got two, like buses! He's been putting a shift in and getting chances.

"So for me, we've come away and got a very important three points."

The two goals came amid a typical Championship blood-and-thunder game, and the boss was pleased with our resolve.

He said, "Birmingham were getting the ball forward, we had a few moments where we didn't pick the right pass, and Pav did what Alfie did last week with putting one over the bar [from close range].

"Great credit to the players, I thought Jordan did well against Chris Burke who is one of the better wingers in the League but he didn't really give him a kick.

"These are the things you have to deal with, in the first minute Robinson went right through the back of Hal, stamped his mark on it and then for 25 minutes nothing happened, there were a lot of whistles. 

"But like I say, the two goals we scored were very good and we've won the game.

"It was a challenging contest but we found a way to win. We changed personnel to try and find the spark, like most teams we've got players with knocks and illness, but we've got a spirit all having a right good go for each other.

"There's nine games to go and three play-off games, we've got to keep building momentum. We said to the players before the game, any way you can go and win, that's what it's about."

Watch the full time whistle on YouTube.

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