After the disappointing loss on Saturday, a downbeat Kaspars Gorkss simply says "we can’t turn up in some games and not others" and the Blackburn defeat was a rightful "wake-up call". He also adds that we can’t blame the referee’s decision not to give a penalty, as we needed to create more.
Jordan Obita remains optimistic that we can gain promotion and says we’ll put the Blackburn defeat right against Yeovil. Despite being bottom of the league, Obita says we’re not under-estimating Yeovil as every game in the Championship is tough.
Alex Pearce says Michael Hector has "been fantastic in training" and "has everything in his locker" to "cope at this level". Having seen red cards for both Pearce and Kaspars Gorkss overturned in the past two weeks, no one would blame Hector for feeling fed up that he hasn’t been handed his long over-due chance, but he says "it’s a team sport, not for individuals" and he "has to wait his turn".
19 year old defender Pierce Sweeney has been called up for the Ireland u’21s for the first time, having impressed for the u’19s. Meanwhile, Sweeney and fellow Royals youngster Shane Griffin have both been shortlisted for Ireland’s u’19 Player of the Year, up against Man Utd prospect, Sam Byrne.
Adkins simply described the momentum we let slip away against Blackburn as "a shame", with any slim hopes of automatic promotion all but mathematically gone. However, Adkins says we must "draw a line under the defeat and go again", despite, with a hint of sarcasm, labelling the referee’s decision not to award Le Fondre a penalty a "wow" moment.
Jobi McAnuff and Kaspars Gorkss, both recently revitalised as starting-11 players, are out of contract in the summer amongst a range of others, but discussions on new deals have stopped given the uncertainty of our ownership. Surprisingly, Nigel Adkins isn’t worried – saying compared to other clubs in the Championship we have few players with contracts expiring. Both McAnuff and Gorkss have made it clear they want to stay at Reading, despite the latter failing to sign a 2 year extension in the summer as he didn’t want to commit shortly after returning from being ferried out on loan to Wolves. Elsewhere, third choice goalkeeper Stuart Taylor, Academy graduates Jake Taylor and Michael Hector, and Wayne Bridge and Mikele Legeirtwood are also set to leave the club at the end of the season if their contracts are not renewed.
Nigel Adkins says all of the players are "totally focused" and "working really hard", even with all of the uncertainty behind the scenes.