Nigel Adkins says he will not risk the Reading's future with any drastic signings but insists the club will be dipping its hand into its pockets at some point, with conversations currently taking place over a number of players. He says both this season and next season are in mind when considering transfer targets but his comments suggest we will not be making any knee-jerk decisions or 'splashing the cash'.
Nick Blackman describes his penalty at Bolton that earned us a draw. The young striker comments that his first goal did take a little longer to come than he expected but he is delighted with it and hopes to score many more this year. Blackman also discusses how boss Nigel Adkins announced before the game that he would take a penalty should we be awarded one, and adds that he practices penalties quite a lot often after having the spot-kick role at his former club, Sheffield United. He finishes by talking about the squad’s disappointment at not being able to convert any chances to win the game in the second half at Bolton, but believes a draw away at Bolton is a decent result.
Nigel Adkins says it was Blackman’s “unbelievable penalty record” that made him designate the striker as penalty taker at Bolton. The boss also admits Blackman struggled against David Wheater and Zat Knight in the Bolton defence, both of whom have Premier League experience, but insists he was pleased with Blackman’s efforts overall. Adkins also comments on the Bolton game generally, describing our second half performance as “positive” and “strong”, claiming we should have come away with all three points.
Adkins believes Bolton will be a hard place for teams to go this season and thinks our point was a good one. He was impressed with the “goal threat” we presented during the game and says, “The signs are very promising for the rest of the season”. The gaffer then talks of his faith in Adam Le Fondre’s goal scoring ability, and was surprised he missed his chance as “he scores all the time”. He also speaks honestly about Royston Drenthe’s dive and says he has told Drenthe “we don't want to do that at Reading”.
Garath McCleary's presence in the starting 11 against Ipswich was the first time he has started an opening game of a league campaign during his career, which is testament to how much he has improved since his non-league days at Bromley just 4 years ago. Our winger feels that there are plenty of other good players in non-league going unnoticed, and is keen to point out that he has always said this about non-league football. He also talks about how pleased he is with his journey and how thankful he is to be playing for Reading, whilst emphasising that he still has plenty of room for improvement.
During the international break placed the week before the Brighton home game, Reading will take on the Oman national team at the Mad Stad in a friendly. This will take place on Saturday 7th September and will fill a 29-day gap in fixtures at home.
Boss Nigel Adkins has described this as an "exciting opportunity" and one where the fans will have the chance to see some of our younger players play.
Sean Morrison says we "switched off" for Bolton's goal last weekend but reacted well and should have come away with all three points. However, he believes not many teams will pick anything up at Bolton and it will be prove a valuable point.
Morro then turns his attention to the Watford game, saying training has been good and will be even better today and Friday when the international players return. He thinks it will be a "tough" game against and one where a clean sheet will be vital. He ends by praising the fans and highlights how much it raises the whole team when the crowd are singing the players' names.