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In-depth with Nigel Adkins

20 October 2014

Royals boss speaks at length

Royals boss Nigel Adkins had plenty of his normal post-match press duties to carry out on Saturday, and here at the official website we've got a round-up of his thoughts on the game itself, our form, goals scored and conceded, and much more besides.

What did I think was the difference between the sides? Well it helps when you stick the ball in the back of the net!

Listen, we've got beat. I thought we did alright first half, created some chances, but the goals we conceded made it a bad result.

We started the game brightly, got crosses in, made opportunities and got the ball in the right areas. But then we conceded from a set play. You've got to win your one-on-one duel, we've also got a man on the post and it goes through his legs.

I think they had two shots and were 2-0 up. The second one was good skill but you like to think we can defend a one-on-one better, we had enough bodies in there.

At half time we believed we could get back into it, the next goal was important, we made some changes with 20 minutes to go, their 'keeper was busy but the third goal is another poor one from our point of view and makes it a bad result. It highlighted an issue we've had this season with the goals against.

Second half Pav put one past the post, we'd hit the bar, their 'keeper made some saves, it was a bit fragmented but as I keep saying it's about sticking the ball in the back of the net at one end and keeping it out at the other. We've not kept it out sufficiently well and so got nothing from the game. They punished us in a big way.

It was a very attacking line-up, Robson-Kanu, Mackie, Taylor, Norwood, two up front and the two full backs. In other games we've had possession and this time I asked for more goalmouth action, and we've created that. But you've got to score.

Derby are well equipped to get promoted. They play really good possession-based football, I thought we nullified that style of play but they've scored the goals.

It's about winning. Not glossing over anything, I thought there was some good stuff but you cannot concede the goals we have - and it seems to be a repetitive theme.

We've got good owners, we might be able to bring bodies in to help us, we've highlighted where we've been with injuries, the same back four is what we've got in place and the opportunities to change it round.

Nick Hammond and the recruitment department are very active, you need to bring in the right person who can improve you. We're working hard on the training ground but if it's not improving you have to change it.

When you have youngsters you get mistakes so we have a pathway for them, but I also have a responsibility of making sure we're winning games of football. I can't keep saying 'we've done OK' when we give poor goals away.

Last year maybe we couldn't address it, perhaps now with the new owners we might be able to, for the good of everyone. But you can't do it just for the sake of it, and players might not be available.

I was asked about Anton Ferdinand, hopefully he will start to progress on his training now, but nobody on the injury list will be back for Bournemouth. Whether we can be active in the loan market and integrate someone before then would be very, very challenging.

People said about the form, yes we've lost the last two, had a couple of good draws, Wolves at home and Leeds away when we played well. Brentford was similar to Derby, a lot of opportunities but you can't concede goals like we have.

We know the Championship though, it can change so quickly. We go again at Bournemouth on Tuesday, then it's Blackpool, there are games every three days, it's exciting and if you can put a little run together you can catapult up the table. Same the other way when results aren't going for you, but you pick yourself up and go again.

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