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Adkins pleased with fourth straight win

16 September 2014

Royals boss lauds our exciting attacking play

"What an exciting game of football," the manager said at the start of his post-match review of a thrilling 3-2 win over Millwall this evening.

"I thought we started the game ever so well, scoring two really good goals. Feds started a counter-attack and a great goal from Simon Cox, a great goal.

"Then Nick Blackman with a real turn of acceleration and he did well to be brought down in the penalty area - and he despached it really well didn't he?

"But give Millwall credit. They're a good side and Olly made a change early and they got the better of the game. Fuller was giving us a few problems with the ball played up to him and they were winning the second balls.

"We changed our shape a little bit to counteract what they were doing, but it was too easy for them to score their first goal.

"Feds had a really good game, made some very good saves, but he just misjudged the flight of the cross that came in for their second goal and they're back level.

"But our players worked really hard and we had a good impact from the bench - one of those players Jakey Taylor with a great flick on at the near post for Coxy to score the winner.

"The game was back and forth all night and I want us to keep the ball and control games. But today we managed to grind it out - we put Coops on there at the end to see the game out, so our game management was right there."

"For me, there was some really exciting football played tonight, a great atmosphere in the stadium and obviously we're delighted to get the three points."

Glenn Murray scored twice in a 3-0 win over Fulham at the weekend, and Simon Cox replicated his strike partner's feat with two of his own tonight, and the Royals currently seem blessed with a number of forward options.

"We've got an array of attacking possibilities - Nick scored at the weekend and he scored again today, big Pav looked super when he came on at the weekend, Jamie Mackie put a good shift in for us, and that's what we want.

"Some of our attacking play looked really, really exciting. That's four wins on the spin, two back-to-back home victories, there's a good spirit and a good togetherness here.

"We're passing the ball about well, we've got a good attacking threat about ourselves and we came into today's game on the back of three clean sheets. Everybody contributed tonight and it bodes well for the future. It was an excellent win."

Now the Royals recuperate ready for a trip to Hillsborough and an away game at Sheffield Wednesday, who picked up all three points this evening with a 2-0 win at Birmingham City.

"We'll analyse and reflect on what we can learn from today's game as we always do. We get ourselves ready for the next one now.

"It's relentless the way the games come thick and fast, but all being well hopefully we can get a few more players off the long-term injury list.

"But in the meantime, the young players have contributed, the senior players have contributed. And this was a tough game tonight - Millwall are packed full of experienced Championship players who wanted a reaction after their defeat at the weekend. But our players worked really hard for each other and we got the win we wanted."

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