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Adkins looks ahead to Charlton

7 November 2014

The gaffer discusses the Addicks, Danny Williams and Anton Ferdinand

Nigel Adkins is looking for his team to make it three successive home victories when they take on Charlton at the Madejski tomorrow afternoon.

Following the back-to-back 3-0 wins over Blackpool and Rotherham, only one other Championship club have score more goals in front of their own fans than the Royals.

And the Reading boss wants his side to carry that momentum into tomorrow’s clash with the Addicks.

He said: “We’ve been scoring plenty of goals this season and only Watford have score more at home than us.

“Two 3-0 results at home gives us confidence moving into the next fixture which is going to be a challenging one because Charlton have started the season ever so well. We are under no illusions about that but we have got to go into it with confidence that we can score, and having kept two clean sheets as well.”

Anton Ferdinand made his Royals debut on Tuesday but only lasted 45 minutes after suffering a minor calf injury. Adkins revealed that he is unlikely to feature tomorrow, though Danny Williams could make his second start of the campaign, having come through the same encounter unscathed.

The American midfielder had been out since the tail end of last campaign with a knee injury but played 67 minutes against the Millers.

“Anton did very well and it’s a shame that he’s picked up a little niggle in his calf, but you could see the experience he’s got,” the manager said. “It was great to see Danny Williams out there again as well.

“Danny came up with that energetic performance that we know he’s got and he can keep building on that through the international window that is coming up. He had 45 minutes in the U21s game against Brighton, so we were looking at the hour mark and then seeing how we were going.

“He thought he could he could keep going for a bit longer but we were in a good position, in terms of scoreline, and we had enough time left to allow Hopey [Akpan] some minutes before the weekend’s game.

“There were no ill effects from Danny, so he goes into tomorrow with no problems from doing too much, which came sometimes be the case.”

On Ferdinand, Adkins continued: “He was on the field of play and was visibly struggling with something. We have to think; do we make it worse? Is it going to cost us? You’re asking people to be brave but to what detriment?

“It’s great that he wanted to continue but hopefully we’ve nipped it in the bud early enough so that the time he will be out will be minimal.

“I made the call at half time to bring on Hec [Michael Hector], who had been in the team, and it’s great that we kept a clean sheet on the back of that. Up to now, Anton’s had a couple of hamstrings and a problem in his other calf. This is a totally fresh injury, however.

“We’ve had training but the next stage for him was playing in the arena and unfortunately he’s picked up that little niggle. Hopefully that will settle down and after the international break, when we play Cardiff, he can kick on.”

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