Adkins was named the new manager earlier this week and has it all to do if he is to keep Reading in the Premier League as they are currently 19th and seven points adrift of safety.
His tenure begins with a very difficult trip to fifth-placed Arsenal but Adkins thinks the Royals are up for the challenge.
"We will work hard, we will be structured, and everyone will pull in the same direction," he said.
"It is about what you can do on the pitch and getting the lads organised. It is the smallest of margins which can go a long, long way.
"We have to have the mentality to win the game, although that does not mean we are going to go gung-ho because, with the players Arsenal have, that will only give you problems.
"We just have to believe in what we are going there to do."
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor has started Reading's last three league games and says he would relish the chance to face his old side.
"I have never actually played against Arsenal," he said. "It would be a great experience to go back there. It is a great club, which I have very fond memories of.
"I never take anything for granted and obviously the manager will come in and decide who will be involved but, as always, I am ready if needed.
"Everyone in the group is together and we are ready to push on between now and the end of the season.
"We have to go to Arsenal with confidence and, if we recreate the performance from Manchester United (a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford), we are in with a chance."