Reading’s Nigel Adkins can offer no words of comfort to Norwich City boss Neil Adams
06:45 01 December 2014
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Nigel Adkins aims to use Reading’s comeback victory over Norwich City as a Championship catalyst.
Adkins’ own future was a hot topic on the back of two wins in 11 league games after guiding the Royals to within a point of the play-offs last season.
The former Southampton boss, however, declined to offer Neil Adams any advice for handling the extreme pressures of management in his post-match briefing after a win he insisted was a long time coming.
“All I know is I keep consistent about everything I do. I am never too high, never too low,” he said. “What we do is work extremely hard at Reading. If you put the hours in and you are always striving to improve that is the culture we have. We know you’ll win and lose but if you keep believing in what you are doing then more times than not you’ll get your just rewards.
“We’ve been playing some decent stuff but as always it’s about results. The previous games we have been far, far superior without picking up the results. It is sticking it in one end and keeping it out at the other and that is how you always measure it.
“It’s not easy to come here but we’ve won by coming from behind. We were aware of the threats that Norwich have, but also their weaknesses as well, and we tried to exploit it.”
Reading’s second away league win of the season was sealed through an unlikely source, with young academy product Jake Cooper ranging forward from central defence on two successful set-piece raids.
“Jake has played some games already in the Championship and did very, very well. He scored two exceptionally good goals from set plays and overall had a very, very good game,” said Adkins. “He has been involved in every game this season and we have a lot of confidence in the younger players and you can see him growing in confidence and stature. He’s an enormous lad but he can play, he is quick and intelligent and he has a fantastic attitude.”