The Madejski Stadium

Next Game

Reading v Swansea

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Broadhall Way

Last Game

Stevenage 0 - 0 Reading

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

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

N

o Daniel, we're f***ed next season

footyfan52
Sturridge: We're moving on

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

Footer 365

Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that it will take time for him to be successful at Old Trafford, claiming he may struggle for the first three months...

Transfer news: Former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho to name new club

Ronaldinho is set to announce he has joined a new club after parting company with Atletico Mineiro.

Transfer News: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal looking to sign a defender

Louis van Gaal was happy with Manchester United's performance against Inter but confirmed he wants a new defender.

Mail Box

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

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