Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v QPR

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Loftus Road Stadium

Last Game

QPR 0 - 2 Man Utd

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Adkins delighted to down QPR

Reading boss Nigel Adkins declared that momentum is with his side in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race following their 3-1 win at fellow high-fliers QPR.

Last Updated: 17/02/14 at 10:08 Post Comment

Kaspars Gorkss: Sent off for Reading

Kaspars Gorkss: Sent off for Reading

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Royals were excellent at Loftus Road, where they played out the final 18 minutes with 10 men after former R's defender Kaspars Gorkss was sent off.

Danny Williams put them ahead early on and, after Kevin Doyle equalised against his old club to draw QPR level, two goals in as many minutes early in the second half gave Reading the points.

Alex Pearce headed home from a corner before Garath McCleary's stunning strike from 25 yards.

"It was a great goal - a fantastic goal to win any game," said Adkins, who was also full of praise for his side after seeing them pick up a fifth win in their last seven games to turn up the pressure up on the top five in the Championship.

"Credit to the players. We showed great character to see the game out after the sending off and defended very well.

"It's seven games on the spin now that we've been able to stick with the same team. We started the season well but were without players for spells and that was a challenge.

"We've got a really good formation about ourselves, great spirit among the players and can score goals - as we demonstrated.

"We've got momentum with us, which is important, and everyone is working really hard for each other."

Adkins indicated that he may considering appealing against the straight red card Gorkss was given for a challenge on Junior Hoilett.

He said: "My initial reaction was that it was an unnecessary challenge but I've just seen video footage and it probably looks a bit controversial.

"I'm going to have to reflect on it. I've seen it once very quickly and need time to analyse it because the last thing you want to do is put in a fruitless appeal."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond bemoaned the west London side's poor defending after they missed the chance to close the gap on second-placed Burnley.

"As you might expect, we are hugely disappointed," he said.

"We should certainly have done something about the first two goals and for the third maybe we stood off him a bit.

"We've been very good defensively for most of the season and have now started shipping goals.

"That's coupled with the fact we have lost Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips. Charlie was guaranteeing us goals.

"The problem we've had has been not scoring goals and in trying to change that we have probably only succeeded in being more open.

"Where we were dependable, we are no longer dependable. But it's about how we react now - there are still a lot of games to go."

QPR remain third in the standings, four points behind Burnley after suffering their second successive defeat, while sixth-placed Reading are now six points behind them.

Bond added: "We need to group together now. We didn't get carried away when we were top of the league and doing okay. We've still got a good squad of players."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to avoid a red card

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to stay on the field in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa does not deserve retrospective action after Emre Can stamp

Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea's Diego Costa should be left alone to play football after a controversial outing on Tuesday.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea reach final as Branislav Ivanovic's goal sinks Liverpool

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool and a place in the Capital One Cup final.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

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