After conceding 5 goals against Sheffield Wednesday, Nigel Adkins says Kaspar Gorkss’ professionalism and hard work in training made it right to slot him in against QPR.
Adkins believes Alex McCarthy only has a few areas to improve on and he’ll be a top-four goalkeeper. He believes that the passing style he has instilled in our defence will be very beneficial to McCarthy and set him apart from other young goalkeepers.
After being determined all season to be ready when the team calls on him, Gorkss claims it “felt fantastic to be back” in the QPR game. The dependable centre-half also talks of his excitement about facing his Reading defensive colleagues, Stephen Kelly and Alex Pearce, when he plays for Latvia against the Republic of Ireland during the international break. He says this is the first time I'll have played against a fellow Reading player! It's going to be nice".
In a nice touch, Sergeant Wayne Smith sent a letter to the club explaining how he has lost faith and love for football in recent years over the ludicrous wages and antics of some players. However, his outlook on football has been altered for the better due to the club’s “integrity & moral courage” with extensive research into Reading players who have served. He says the club “have done nation and those who died in service proud this week.”
Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams are in light training and working to regain match fitness, whilst Wayne Bridge is going to be sidelined for a considerable number of weeks following his knee operation. Adkins described this loss of as a “big blow”. As usual, Jason Roberts and Jem Karacan are long-term absentees and Leigertwood is still in training. Danny Guthrie has a slight groin injury following the QPR game, but this does not appear to be a great concern. The gaffer expresses his frustration about our injury table, picking out Jem Karacan’s season-ending injury and the long-term losses of promising summer recruits Danny Williams and Royston Drenthe as those which epitomise our misfortune with injuries this season.
Having not featured for the Republic of Ireland since his debut in September 2012, Alex Pearce is back in the squad for the upcoming games against Latvia and Poland. Pearce says he has to keep putting in good performances at Reading in the hope the Irish management take notice.
Despite the Royals getting just 2 points out of a possible 9, Chris Gunter believes we are in a good position in the league and in an area where we can push on from in a promotion challenge.
After a dismal away day at Sheffield the previous week, Reading put in a solid, though not spectacular, performance against QPR on Saturday and Sean Morrison says this was a good response to the “blip” at Wednesday. He reflects on these two matches saying “we played some of the best football we have all season [at Sheffield] but it was just one of those days and we reacted well to it”. He adds that QPR usually manage over 500 passes a game but we pressed well to oust this threat.