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Quick summary of the news after the disappointing result against Yeovil.

Matthew Lewis

Adkins: This week is key – Reading Chronicle

After an international period this week, Nigel Adkins believes the games against Brighton and Leeds are the biggest of the season and will define where we end up.

Head Groundsman is on the move – Reading Official Site

After working his way through the ranks since he completed his GCSEs in 2001, head groundsman Greg Bolton is leaving his post to become head Groundsman at Fulham. Adam Grantham, who has been in charge of the training ground, takes over Bolton’s role.

Obita: "we got it wrong" – Get Reading

Jordan Obita says we "panicked" and instead of keeping the ball and breaking down Yeovil, a criticism levelled at team by many fans in the aftermath of the depressing draw at the weekend. Obita also says we had chances throughout the game to put it beyond Yeovil’s reach, but we failed to do so. He adds that we need to get maximum points from the next 3 games to insure we make the play-offs.

Williams say only way to play World Cup is to help us get promotion – Reading Official Site

Williams says playing in the World Cup and winning promotion to the Premier League would make 2014 the best year of his life. After returning to the USA squad for their friendly in Cyprus, he says he has to do everything in his power to be selected for the USA World Cup Squad, which means winning promotion to the Premier League with Reading. Kaspars Gorkss (Latvia), Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) are amongst other first team players with international call-ups, whilst a whole host of youth players have earned call ups.

Under 21s win at Anfield – Reading Official Site

Goals from Michael Hector and substitute Harry Cardwell earned the young Royals a 2-1 win in front of the Kop, hinting at the strength in depth of our Academy.

Sweeney voted u’19 Rep of Ireland player of the year

Academy centre-half Pierce Sweeney picked up this award, in face of completion from Manchester United’s Sam Byrne and fellow Royal, Shane Griffin. Sweeney has also been called up to the latest Ireland u’21 squad and is certainly a hot prospect for the future.