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Adkins: An important win

25 October 2014

Boss pleased with his players

Manager Nigel Adkins was left very happy with his players after they took all three points against Blackpool.

Reading opened the scoring midway through the first half and were in control for the vast majority of the match against Jose Riga's side; Glenn Murray, Nick Blackman and an own goal seeing us take a welcome victory.

Adkins told our online TV station Reading FC Player afterwards, "I thought the players did really well.

"They responded from the disappointment of Bournemouth in midweek, we've scored three goals again at home and importantly we've kept a clean sheet.

"The stadium was full of positivity and the environment was supportive for the players, which was fantastic, and allowed us to get the important three points we've been striving for."

The game was 1-0 until the 70th minute, when Jake Taylor helped force an own goal to truly put the game out of sight.

Adkins said, "Jake provided some energy when he came on, and did ever so well. We've got a young group who learn by experience, we've had to suffer with goals we've conceded recently, but the players will be stronger for what they've been through and that's important moving forward.

"Today it's a win, and it's the next stage. We started the season in a good manner, we had players doing well and we had some good results. But recently we had some poor goals against us, today though it's a clean sheet and they've done everything required to win the game. The staff have also been magnificent - and we're all in it together."

The supporters sang Nigel's name on a number of occasions throughout the game, and the boss was pleased with the backing he and his players received.

"I must thank the supporters, I am very appreciative and they've been magnificent since I came here. They get right behind everyone, I'm appreciative of it [singing my name] and the relationship is so important. We all want the same thing, to win games and for this to be a place to enjoy football."

And with three points in the bag, the boss can look forward to a clear week. "For the first time in a long time we can have a full week on the training ground.

"And the Under 21s play at Brighton on Monday night, a few of the senior lads will play coming back from injury, which is a positive.

"Then we've got an Open Day on Tuesday so get yourself down here!"

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