Nigel Adkins calls on Reading fans to "drive the players on"

Adkins urges fans to back team
© PA Photos
Nigel Adkins hails the importance of Reading supporters as he tries to steer the club out of the relegation zone.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins has urged the club's supporters to give their full backing to the players as they try to claw out of the relegation zone.

The 48-year-old, who replaced Brian McDermott at the Madejski Stadium last week, will go up against his former club Southampton this weekend.

"[The fans play] a massive role," Adkins told the club's official website. "We've all got to be together, they've got to drive the players on.

"I want the players to pass the ball and to do that there needs to be no reprisals if they give the ball away, because it is a decision making process to pass it and sometimes the ball will go astray.

"But I want them to pass the football so they've got to know they can do that with the supporters being appreciative of the way they want to go and play and being supportive of them. I know we'll get that because everyone, if you're a Reading supporter, you just want Reading Football Club to do well."

The Royals are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table, seven points away from safety.

Reading's Danny Guthrie on August 18, 2012
Read Next:
Guthrie revels in "fresh start" at Reading
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
La Liga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves28195450222862
2Derby CountyDerby28158544232153
3Aston Villa28148642251750
4Cardiff CityCardiff27155740251550
5Bristol City2813964032848
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd281441042321046
10Leeds UnitedLeeds28134114033743
11Preston North EndPreston28101263228442
12Ipswich TownIpswich28124124140140
13Norwich CityNorwich28107112833-537
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest28112153543-835
16Queens Park RangersQPR2889113140-933
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds27710103034-431
20Bolton WanderersBolton2868142646-2026
21Hull City28510133945-625
23Birmingham CityBirmingham2866161639-2324
24Burton Albion2866162152-3124
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account