Reading boss Adkins hails confident and classy Clarets

BOSS'S PRAISE: Nigel Adkins had words of praise for the Clarets after Saturday's game at Turf Moor
BOSS'S PRAISE: Nigel Adkins had words of praise for the Clarets after Saturday's game at Turf Moor

Reading boss Nigel Adkins hailed table-topping Burnley as they inflicted a first defeat in seven games on the Royals.

The Clarets we’re deserved winners, as the former Southampton manager acknowledged: “I’ve still to see replays of the two goals we conceded, but during the game I thought both were avoidable.

“Burnley were bang at it, they’re top of the league and they are there for a reason.

“I thought their front two were exceptional, Vokes and Ings were a real handful, in what was a very, very hard working Burnley outfit who are full of confidence and on an excellent run.

“For us, I wanted to pass the ball better than we did. Some of that was down to Burnley and their pressure.

“I thought if we could find some extra spaces in there and move the ball brightly, opportunities would have been there.

“I’m sure when we look back at it we’ll see loads of opportunities where we could have created chances.

“We were in the game for large periods, on another day who knows, but we go away with nothing.”

Adkins added: “Coming away from home our desire was to get the three points and at 1-0 we were still in the game.

“On 55 minutes, I made a triple substitution and got a lot of attacking players on the pitch in an endeavour to get something from the game.

“I’m quite a positive person and I’m quite happy to make changes when I believe they have to be done in our attempts to win a game of football.”