Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Reading

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Hillsborough

Last Game

Sheff Wed 1 - 0 Reading

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Adkins: Harsh lessons learned

Reading boss Nigel Adkins feels his side need to move on quickly after they were thumped 4-1 at Arsenal in his first game in charge on Saturday.

Last Updated: 31/03/13 at 07:07 Post Comment

Hal Robson-Kanu's second-half header was the only bright spot at the Emirates Stadium for the Royals, who were soundly beaten by Arsene Wenger's rampant side.

It was a harsh re-introduction to the Premier League for former Southampton boss Adkins, whose new side now sit bottom of the table.

"The Emirates is a challenging place to come to," he told Sky Sports. "I thought Arsenal were excellent today, they passed the ball about very well and they made it quite challenging for us.

"Some of the goals we could have done better with, but the timing of the goals are always important, key decisions, these are all factors that go on as part of a game.

"But we'll analyse the game, we'll learn the lessons from it, debrief it on Monday and Tuesday and then we'll get ourselves ready for the next game, I think that is the most important thing we've got to go and do now."

Adkins hinted that he will look to try and change the club's style of play in their remaining matches this season, while he also praised the travelling supporters, who backed the team throughout.

"I'm looking for us to play a passing type of football, the pitch was beautiful out there to do that today," he added. "But we can't change everything straight away and we can't negate the massive strengths that Reading Football Club already have.

"The fans were outstanding, all the players went over to applaud them for staying and keeping behind the players because that's massively important.

"We have a massive challenge in place, but one that we are facing head on and the supporters are part of that."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Scottish football: Former Celtic striker John Divers has died aged 74

Former Celtic striker John Divers has died. He was 74.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be positive against Nottingham Forest

Mauricio Pochettino feels Tottenham need to change their mentality after the defeat by West Brom.

Premier League: Liverpool granted permission to expand Anfield

Liverpool's plans to expand Anfield have received a boost after the council grant approval for redevelopment work.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property