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Adkins: "We will be up for it"

3 October 2014

Manager relishes Griffin Park atmosphere

Nigel Adkins says his squad will be fired up for Saturday's trip to Brentford in front of a packed house at Griffin Park.

With a lack of local fixtures in recent years the match is somewhat of a derby for Royals fans, with over 1,500 supporters quickly snapping up the entire away allocation.

"It will be a great atmosphere, I know we’re going to take a lot of supporters and it’s a close ground, there will be a lot of noise" said Adkins.

"We will be up for it and it’s going to be a good game. They’ve done very well, let’s not think we can go there and dominate the game – they keep the ball and play good football, they play out from the back and have a threat up front. We have to turn it round very quickly from the long journey to Leeds, but I’m looking forward to it."

The clash against the Bees will be Reading's third game in six days and the final league fixture before October's international break - which is a bittersweet interuption for the Royals' boss. Hope Akpan has earned his first Nigeria call up, Jake Taylor joins Hal Robson-Kanu and Chris Gunter in the Welsh squad, whilst Adam Federici will enjoy a recall to the Australian set-up.

"We have several players jetting off all around the world, it’s great for the club though obviously can also be quite disruptive. Hopey has been putting in some consistent performances now and he fully deserves his international call up to Nigeria.
We talk about trying to give everybody an opportunity to keep improving and we have great coaches at the club who help players develop."

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