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Royals News Bites 30th January

A quick summary of the thick and fast press activity following the Blackpool victory.

Ben Hoskins

The lads are brimming with confidence – Official Site

After thumping Blackpool 5-1 and notching our third win in four games, Adam Le Fondre says the squad is "full of confidence". Despite his double hat trick heroics, our in-form front man is keen to heap praise on his teammate Garath McCleary, describing him as the best winger in the league after he put another two chances on a plate for him.

"Five goals and it could have been more" says Nigel Adkins – Official Site

Adkins was delighted with the clinical finishing of Adam Le Fondre and the work rate and link up play between him and Pavel Pogrebnyak. Starting from the front two, he says the team’s defensive shape is something we should be very pleased with, broken down only by a wonder-goal consolation from Blackpool. The gaffer believes we are in a great position to go on and enjoy the second half of the season, where "any thing can happen".

Adkins not giving up on Jack Hobbs – Get Reading

With Hull accepting bids from Reading, Nottingham Forest and Wigan for centre-back Jack Hobbs, Nigel Adkins insists the club is still in the race to land Hobbs despite the uncertainty of the club’s future in terms of the takeover. However, Adkins needs the "green light" from the club’s board to discuss terms with the defender, which seems unlikely to happen before the deadline on Friday. Also tangled up in the cloud of uncertainty is Chris Baird, who has yet to be offered an extension to his four-month deal which expired earlier this month. If things don’t get sorted soon Baird is likely to sign a contract with Brighton.

Mad Stad the best place to see goals – Official Site

With 30 goals in front of the Mad Stad faithful, the Royals have scored more home goals than any other side in the league, currently pipping league leaders Leicester to this accolade by one goal.

McAnuff: Obita in "scary" form – Get Reading

Capatin Jobi McAnuff says the attitude and performances of Jordan Obita at left-back is "scary" considering he has never played the position before. Playing just ahead of Obita on the wing, McAnuff says the youngster is looking to him for experience about how to operate as a left-sided player, and information and talking on the pitch is working well for them both. The noticeable amount of overlapping the two perform is also something the Skipper picks up on, saying this is definitely a key aspect of Obita’s shining performances at left-back.