11 April 2013 13:30
Reading manager Nigel Adkins says he will not compromise on his style of football despite facing relegation to the Championship.
Adkins was appointed Reading manager on March 26 and has overseen two defeats so far but remains committed to playing attacking, possession-based football as he prepares his team for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday.
Despite admitting Reading face an ‘uphill task’ to stay in the English Premier League, the former Southampton manager has urged his players to ‘get the supporters off their feet’ rather than just defend over the last six games of the campaign.
“I want the players to work hard, I want the players to get the supporters off their feet,” Adkins told the BBC.
“I want us to score goals, I want us to pass the football.
“It’s a work in progress.
“I’ve been out of work for the last two months but I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the job we’ve got here at Reading.
“But let’s not hide away from the fact that we’ve got an uphill task.
“The players are well aware of how hard I expect them to work on the training ground and during the games.
“I want us to play out from the back, I want us to pass the ball about and that’s a work in progress.”
Reading are bottom of the Premier League table heading into Saturday’s clash with Liverpool at the Madejski Stadium and are eight points away from safety.
Having lost their past eight games, Reading must get something out of their match against Liverpool if they are to have any genuine hope of escaping relegation to the Championship.
But with Liverpool having only lost once in their past six Premier League fixtures, the chances of a home victory look slim.
Liverpool drew 0-0 to West Ham last week, having defeated Aston Villa 2-1 on March 30.
The trip to Reading will be Liverpool’s first of three matches against teams in the bottom eight before the end of the season and manager Brendan Rodgers will no doubt remind his side that maximum points will be required if they are to make a late bid for Europa League qualification.
Liverpool sit seventh in the league standings with 49 points, seven behind fifth-placed Arsenal, who hold the automatic Europa League-qualifying berth and have a game in hand on Rodgers’ team.
After being held by West Ham, Liverpool cannot afford another slip up against Reading, Newcastle United or Queens Park Rangers if they want to play European football next season.