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Adam | "It's a big learning curve for us"

Debutant speaks after opening day defeat

4 August 2019

Despite an opening day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, Charlie Adam says the Royals have reasons for positivity as he looked forward to a long season ahead.

The Scot came off the bench in the second half to make his Reading debut, looking immediately comfortable on the ball as he looked to pull the strings in the Royals midfield.

Reading were defeated 3-1 on Saturday after Kadeem Harris put Sheffield Wednesday ahead. Yakou Méïté equalised for the Royals early in the second half, but Sam Hutchinson put the Owls back in front less than two minutes after the home side had levelled.

Lucas Joao struck with one of the last kicks of the game to make sure of all three points, after Reading had been creating a barrage of late chances to level the game after Owls goalkeeper, Kieren Westwood was sent off for a cynical foul on Mo Barrow.

Reflecting on the game as a whole, the midfielder said: "It's a big learning curve for us. If we want to do well in this division, we have to cut out the errors.

"When we got the goal back, we got done a minute-and-a-half later on the set play, so we're disappointed with that. It's something we've got to learn from.

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"There are 45 games to go, we'll take the positives - some good performances, but there's a lot to work on.

"We're disappointed, and it's a good thing that we're disappointed. Earlier in last season, it was probably accepted - it won't be accepted this season. Defeats are hard to come back from, but when we win games in this division, we will enjoy it.

"It's tough to win games in this league. Sheffield Wednesday came here and did a job, and they did a good job on us. When they went down to 10 men, we played a bit longer when we should have gone down the sides a bit more to make better quality crosses into the box.

"It's a starting point of a defeat, but there's a lot to look forward to."

With a raucous atmosphere inside Madejski Stadium on the opening day of the 2019-20 campaign, Adam says that the players have a duty to give the loyal Royal support something to shout about this season.

"We're here to win games and I try to give it my all, passing, scoring goals and get the crowd going because the lads need the crowd. 

"We've got to get them off their seats. Over the last couple of years, it's been a tough time for the supporters, so as a group of players, we need to be getting them off their seats and enjoying it.

"The atmosphere from the start today was magnificent, we need to try and get that every week here and get this place bouncing - make it hard for teams coming here. 

"We'll go again next week against Hull, and we'll look forward to that."


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