One game at a time says Adkins

Reading manager Nigel AdkinsNew Reading manager Nigel Adkins believes that his side must approach the rest of the season concentrating on each individual game if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The former Southampton boss was drafted in by the Royals this week, after Brian McDermott was axed with the team join-bottom of the division.

Seven points separate the Berkshire outfit from safety, with eight games remaining to bridge the gap.

Adkins says that he is excited by the challenge in front of him, but insists that there is no point setting targets or focusing on certain fixtures:

“The important thing is we take it one game at a time without setting a points total, it’s a great challenge and one we are relishing.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“The next game is the most important. I know where people are coming from with Southampton which is the following game and I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about that.

“But I’ve just been appointed by Reading and it’s important we’re respectful of that and take it one game at a time.

“We will put all our energy into the Arsenal game and do everything we can to win it.”

Adkins started the Premier League season in charge of Southampton.

Despite steering the Saints clear of the drop zone, the club’s hierarchy elected to replace him with Mauricio Pochettino at the end of January.

Reading secured a spot in the top flight under McDermott, winning the Championship title last year.

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