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Adkins praises 'first class' players

29 November 2014

Manager delighted after 2-1 victory

Manager Nigel Adkins hailed the hard work of his squad after an impressive 2-1 win away to Norwich City.

Reading came from behind to take all three points at Carrow Road and inflict only a second home defeat of the season on the Canaries.

Jake Cooper got both goals with towering headers from set pieces, and the boss was delighted with his side.

He said, "The attitude was first class, and so was the performance.

"The players showed great grit, passion and perseverance. We shored ourselves up a bit and they've been working extremely hard on the training ground.

"We were very solid and very resolute so it's a pleasing victory away from home."

Cooper scored both goals but also defended very well against an attacking line with bags of Premier League experience.

And the boss was happy to put the 19-year-old into the fray rather than bring in a player on loan.

He said, "We've got a pathway for our youngsters here and we've shown that consistently this season.

"Jake has played some games already in the Championship and did very, very well today. He scored two exceptionally good goals from set plays and overall had a very, very good game.

"We've got a pathway for youngsters here. There will always be a clamber and a cry to get people from outside but we want to make sure our youngsters get the chance to play.

"I've got belief in them, and Coops has not let us down all season."

After a difficult run of results, the boss was pleased to pick up an important win, saying, "We've been playing some decent stuff but as always it's about results. It's not easy to come here but we've won by coming from behind.

"We were aware of the threats that Norwich have, but also their weaknesses as well. We adapted our game plan to reflect that, and the threats we have in our team, especially on the counter with pace.

"We have to adjust our formation, for example for me Coxy is a top class player but we had to adapt today to suit the game and so he missed out - but it might change, who knows. We want that camaraderie of everyone together."

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