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Adkins rues late defeat

20 September 2014

Manager on missed penalty & late goal

Nigel Adkins was left rueing an unfortunate defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, as Stevie May's heavily deflected free-kick gave the home side all three points at Hillsborough.

The Royals saw a penalty saved, hit the bar and forced good stops out in form Owls goalkeeper Kieren Westwood - making the 83rd minute winner even harder to take.

"We've come here in front of a big crowd and we've kept them very quiet in the first half," said Adkins. "I'm not sure Mikkel had a shot to save all game until the very end with a deflected shot. The team has worked really hard and we created several chances ourselves. We should have scored from the penalty spot, but Glenn has a decent record and it's one of them - you can either turn around and say to somebody 'you're the one that goes to do it' or let the person with the confidence go and do it. Sometimes if you designate one, they might not be feeling right during the game so they might not be the one to take it. We've got a new group of forwards so hopefully that'll settle down and resolve, and hopefully we'll have more decisions and more penalties to take."

"In the end man of the match Westwood saved it with his feet, he's made a couple of really good saves - Jake Cooper from point blank range, a long range effort from Nick Blackman, we created opportunities to go and win but as we leave the scoreline ultimately is 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday."

Full league debuts were handed to Mikkel Andersen and Jake Cooper, as Adam Federici and Michael Hector were ruled out late in the week - and the manager was delighted with the performances of both players.

"We've had to make a couple of changes this morning, Jake Cooper coming in at centre half as we were missing Michael Hector and I thought he had a fantastic game, as did Mikkel Andersen - we made the call on Feds this morning so they've both come in and done well. We've been on a good run of form and it's a positive in how those two players have reacted and responded today. Mikkel has deserved it - he looked assured and his distribution was good, like I say it's unfortunate that he didn't have a save to make until that deflected shot."

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