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Adkins rues quality and tempo

8 November 2014

Boss disappointed after defeat

Manager Nigel Adkins asked whether the Royals showed enough quality and moved the ball quickly enough in a 1-0 defeat to Charlton.

We bossed possession with 60% of the play, but a first half goal from Igor Vetokele gave the visitors three points.

We hit the post through Oliver Norwood and also had a very good chance for Michael Hector that went just wide - and sadly we were unable to break down an Addicks team that has only lost twice all season.

Adkins said, "We had 20 shots, 35 crosses, 12 corners - but we got beat 1-0. That's the most important stat.

"We've had probably 60% of possession but was the quality really there? Before today only Watford had scored more at home - but most importantly we haven't put it in the net.

"You've got to move the ball and be patient. Did we move it quickly enough? We've got the ball into certain areas but like I say was the quality there? And also was there anyone there to get on the end of it? And sometimes you have to credit their defenders, those are all the factors that go into it.

"But from my point of view it's disappointing we haven't backed up the win in midweek and winning our previous two home games.

"To have all those crosses and corners, you'd like to think you'd put one in the back of the net, especially with the attacking line-up we had.

"I thought we started in a way we could go on to win, but they got one cross in and scored from it.

"The goal gave them something to defend, they've only lost twice all season and they've done well this season defending deep with two quickies up front, so give them credit.

"Ollie has hit the post and it feels like we've hit the woodwork in every game this season. Sometimes it's not your day.

"But we'll reflect on it. Positives are that Danny Williams got 90 minutes, Garath McCleary should play in a practice game this week, Stephen Kelly is getting good game time, and hopefully Anton Ferdinand will be close for the Cardiff game."

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