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Adkins hails Reading spirit

Reading manager Nigel Adkins insists the mindset at the club is positive, despite their imminent relegation from the Premier League.

After a season that has seen them win just five of a possible 34 matches, Reading sit last in the table, 10 points adrift of safety.

The club’s relegation can be confirmed on Sunday if they lose to fellow strugglers QPR and Reading’s players could be forgiven for looking forward to their holidays.

But Adkins, who took over from the sacked Brian McDermott in March, rejected suggestions that there was an air of resignation among his players.

“We’ve got a great game at the weekend,” Adkins said.

“The environment we have got here, everyone is working very, very hard and I have been very positive about that.

“We are not down first of all. What we have got is a group of players who are working very hard and we are looking at one game at a time, that’s the way we have gone about it.

“The attitude and the application on the training ground has been first class, ultimately we have got to win games of football and we are all aware of that.

“They are all working very hard and they all seem to have a smile on their face, there’s a good attitude about the place, they all want to be involved at the weekend and they all want to play.”

Adkins confirmed that Welsh attacker Hal Robson-Kanu is available for selection, following a leg injury suffered in training.

Robson-Kanu, who has not featured in over a fortnight, has scored five goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici (ankle), winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) and striker Jason Roberts (hip) will not feature in the match.
Fri 26 April, 2013
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