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Adkins: "We could have won"

1 October 2014

Manager reacts to a positive away performance

Nigel Adkins told Reading FC Player that his side's performance warranted three points at Elland Road after a goalless draw with Leeds United on Wednesday evening.

The Royals enjoyed plenty of the ball and crafted chances, but couldn't quite get the vital goal in front of a typically vociferous home support.

"We’ve played some good football tonight, showed a lot of energy and unfortunately we come away with a point but on reflection the performance deserved three," said the manager.

"Leeds have won four of their five games at home, we’ve come here and created more than enough opportunities to score and had three really good penalty shouts turned down. We’ve kept a clean sheet and Feds has had one save to make in the 85th minute from Sharpy, but we’ve had more than enough opportunities. Their goalie has made at least three outstanding saves.

"We worked hard to get it (the football) back, they wanted to swamp the middle of the park and keep the ball, and we’ve worked hard to get it back when we haven’t got it we’ve created opportunities ourselves for it."

Although keeping the same starting line up that featured in the draw with Wolves, there was a change on the bench as Hal Robson-Kanu replaced Aaron Kuhl - and Nigel made it clear that a rotation policy would continue to give all of the squad an opportunity.

"It’s good, we’re rotating the bench round as well, Kuhlly has been outstanding for us, absolutely outstanding, so I’ve utilised the opportunity not to have him on the bench tonight but he’ll be involved at the weekend I’d imagine and it’s important we want to make a pathway for everybody once the whole squad working really, really hard. There’s a good spirit, you can see that here tonight demonstrated and for me we’re only going to get stronger and stronger."


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