Sunday, 21 January 2018

Adkins looking ahead after relegation confirmed

A GOALLESS draw at Madejski Stadium condemned both Reading and Queens Park Rangers to relegation from the Premier League yesterday (Sunday).

A GOALLESS draw at Madejski Stadium condemned both Reading and Queens Park Rangers to relegation from the Premier League yesterday (Sunday).

With Wigan and Aston Villa due to face off on the final day of the season, at least 35 points will now be needed for survival - a tally which is unattainable for both the Royals and Harry Reknapp's Rangers side.

Jay Bothroyd came closest for the visitors in the first half, lobbing Alex McCarthy only to see his effort bounce narrowly wide of the post.

At the other end a quickly taken free-kick caught Rangers napping as Danny Guthrie whipped a ball into the box, but somehow the away side managed to scramble away off their own goalline.

The second period saw plenty of endeavour but the golden opportunity didn?t quite fall for either side ? who are now left to contemplate Championship football next season.

Speaking after his side?s relegation, Reading manager Nigel Adkins says the players should bottle their emotions and use them as a motivator for next season. Adkins said: "It was a very sombre mood in the dressing room after the game and we need to bottle that experience up and make sure we never experience it again.

?We can look back over the course of the season and talk about any regrets we may have, but we'll come back in on Tuesday, we've got three more games to go in the Barclays Premier League and we've got to give ourselves an opportunity to win those games and get ourselves refocused.

"Obviously, we're going to be in the Championship next season but we've still got games in the Barclays Premier League, time on the training ground. Yes, there will be conversations going on with players. That will happen probably after the Fulham game.

"Everyone's focus and energies will be on getting ourselves ready for next season. Back in the Championship - but we were the Champions last season and what we've got to do is give ourselves an opportunity to get back in the Premier League because this is where we all want to be.?

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