Adkins: We have bright future

Reading manager Nigel Adkins believes that his crop of exciting youngsters can contribute to a bright future in the Sky Bet Championship.

Last Updated: 18/08/14 at 10:51 Post Comment

Nigel Adkins: Hails bright future

Nigel Adkins: Hails bright future

Adkins included 12 players who had come through the club's academy in the squad that defeated Ipswich 1-0, including 22-year-old goalscorer Jake Taylor.

"This was a tough fixture, but the young lads showed great heart and desire," Adkins said. "We had many young players in important positions, we have to give them some scope.

"Jake wasn't in the picture here for a while, but he's worked his socks off and he's got ability as well. And he worked so hard to keep chasing to get his goal.

"With all these young lads, most of them are going to get better and better. With them, the long-term future of the club is going in the right direction.

"Ipswich threw the kitchen sink at us at the end. We had to stand up to it and we did."

Initially, the inexperience of Reading's line-up showed. Ipswich were impressive going forward and keen to make amends for their 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat against Crawley Town in midweek.

David McGoldrick almost gave them an early lead when trying to divert in Luke Chambers' powerful shot, but Reading midfielder Jordan Obita was on hand to flick it over the crossbar.

Reading, who drew 2-2 at Wigan on the opening day of the season, weathered the storm efficiently and went ahead in the 26th minute.

Chris Gunter played a long diagonal pass forward, which McGoldrick was unable to head clear of the onrushing Taylor.

Taylor, an Ascot-born Wales Under-21 midfielder, latched on to the ball and coolly guided it past Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken for his first senior goal on only his second start.

Ipswich were quick to regain their momentum and dominated the rest of the first half and most of the second.

McGoldrick sprinted through hoping to equalise, but was denied by a fine last-ditch challenge from Reading centre-back Michael Hector.

Daryl Murphy should also have done better with an effort at the near post that trickled narrowly past the far post.

In a late flurry, Ipswich left-back Tyrone Mings headed powerfully towards goal only for Reading left-back Shaun Cummings to nod it on to the bar and away to safety.

"There was nothing Tyrone did wrong," Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said. "It was just a fabulous piece of defending, otherwise we would have got a point.

"Our overall performance was good, especially in the second half. We easily did enough to get something out of the game.

"But they had a Johnny on the spot (Taylor) and we didn't. Around most of the pitch, we were fine. We just didn't score.

"We got in good positions but just didn't work their keeper enough."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

H

opefully Jose turns up to the game wearing a T-Shirt with Costa's face on, that's the classy thing to do in these situations right?

Petulant_Radish
Costa loses appeal against ban

C

onfirmed. Nick Miller is a douche bag. Lazy, incoherent rant is what this article should be titled. And for the editor to have the temerity to pass this as acceptable writing is shocking. Ah well, anything for clicks right? You got mine. Well done. Your mother must be proud.

poolshortsdown
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Les Hutchison's takeover of Motherwell has been ratified

Les Hutchison has completed his takeover of Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.

Mark Hughes in preliminary talks over new contract at Stoke City

Mark Hughes has revealed preliminary talks over him extending his stay as Stoke City manager are underway.

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he made a mistake against Cordoba, says Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti

Cristiano Ronaldo knows he made a mistake against Cordoba and accepts his two-game ban, according to Carlo Ancelotti.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company