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Adkins: My three key positives

4 November 2014

Boss delighted with 3-0 victory

Manager Nigel Adkins highlighted three key positives after our win over Rotherham: the manner of the victory, the clean sheet and the return from injury of key experienced players.

Jamie Mackie opened the scoring in fine fashion, then Simon Cox added another two good goals in the second half to make it a comprehensive victory.

With Stephen Kelly, Anton Ferdinand and Danny Williams all back in the team, Reading moved up to 13th in the table on a satisfying night.

Adkins said, "It's a very good night: 3-0, clean sheet and players coming back.

"We scored three good goals and we should’ve scored some more. Their keeper has made some fantastic saves. The crowd were really good, they got right behind the players from the start of the game. We’ve got the three points, a clean sheet and players returning that have been out for a long time with injury so going forward that’s really positive.

"For example Stephen Kelly has been out for a long time and missed pre-season. He’s had a good couple of weeks training and been on the bench in the last couple of games. We had the opportunity to play him tonight and he grasped that with both hands. That’s what you want, experience coming back into the team that’s aided us getting a clean sheet.

"Anton had a good game but he felt his calf in the first half so we made the decision to bring him off, which was the right one. You can see the experience that he brings to the team which is beneficial and we’ve got to keep building on that."

The Royals continue to do well at Madejski Stadium, and another three goals mean only Watford have scored more at home. "It’s exciting. We score goals and we want to be an attack-minded side, especially at home.

"We have gone and scored three goals at home again and if we can make sure that we keep it tight at the other end of the pitch as a team then we give ourselves an opportunity. The team has kept a clean sheet tonight, scored three good goals and, in reality, it could’ve been more.

"Now it's Charlton on Saturday, they are in good form as well and hopefully we can fill the stadium with as much positivity as we started with tonight.

"We want to continue the positivity created by scoring three goals at home and winning, keeping a clean sheet. Now we want to keep moving forward."

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