Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Adkins bullish ahead of next season

Nigel Adkins thinks his side have what it takes to secure a return to the top flight at the first time of asking

Nigel Adkins believes Reading's experience of the npower Championship gives them a "good opportunity" to make a Barclays Premier League return at the first attempt.

Adkins was pleased by what he saw from his side as they won 4-2 at Fulham and, having managed Southampton to second place behind triumphant Reading last season, believes they are well placed to come straight back up.

"The important thing is that the squad here won the Championship last year," he said after winning his first game as Royals boss.

"Obviously we want to play in a certain manner but it has got to be winning football. The players sampled the Championship last year so I'd like to think that gives us a good opportunity with the stability that we've already got at the club to look to strive to keep improving on what we've got.

"It is about winning - we are all well aware of that. It is not easy for anybody in the Premier League, especially to go on and win games."

All four goals were scored by members of the Championship-winning side, with a Hal Robson-Kanu brace complemented by Adam Le Fondre and Jem Karacan strikes. However, speculation as to whether any such players will now move on is rife, especially in regards to Le Fondre.

Like so many times this season, the former Rotherham striker came off the bench at Fulham - a role he has become increasingly frustrated with.

Asked if he has a role to play, Adkins said: "Very much so. I think he has set a record for coming off the bench to score in the Premier League.

"You need to have a squad of players next season and to be successful you have got to go and score goals. You can't just rely on one player to do that.

"We've got to make sure we've got enough players in the squad to go and score goals and Adam is obviously one of them."

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