Adkins: Change takes time
Reading manager Nigel Adkins has admitted he is still on "page one" as he looks to stamp his own mark on a Royals side fighting to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
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The 48-year-old replaced Brian McDermott at the Madejski Stadium in March with the club marooned in the bottom three of the Premier League and their situation remains bleak heading into Saturday's clash at Norwich.
Adkins, who saw his side earn a battling 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool last weekend, is pleased with the effort the squad have put in since his arrival - even though they are currently at the foot of the table and 10 points from safety.
"It's a very short space of time to implement our ideas, we're still on page one," he said.
"There is a smile on the players' faces and a determination - they're putting the effort in too. Confidence can be affecting in different ways when you're at the wrong end of the table.
"What we have to do is keep looking positively forward, the implementation of playing in a different way to maybe what they have been accustomed to doing.
"The players are taking it all on board and working hard. In any game a player needs to be at their fittest and technical they have to be good.
"How far have Reading come? It's so hard to establish at this moment in time. We have a lot to do and the way we are approaching it is one game at a time.
"We've had a very good progression in the three games and the lads are working hard. If we can get a momentum about ourselves then we have to keep doing that."
Former Southampton manager Adkins is hoping the progression he has witnessed since his appointment can continue against Norwich, themselves struggling for form in the run-in.
"I think what we have to do is concentrate on ourselves, one game at a time," he added.
"It will be nervy towards the end, but the Norwich game is the important one now. If we keep building then I would like to think we will have the opportunity to win that game.
"We have got a lot to do, we are well aware of that and we will not hide away from that fact.
"We have just got to keep building on the things that we have been doing and see if we can get some momentum.
"We got a good point on the board and a clean sheet in our previous game and we just have to try and build on what has been happening."
Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici, who could return to the squad in time for the trip to Carrow Road, has said the players are looking forward to changing their game but agreed with Adkins that new plans cannot be brought in overnight.
"Every manager has their own philosophy - the manager wants to pass the ball and we're looking forward to adapting to it," he told the club's official website.
"These things take time, we are looking forward to challenge of changing the way we play and moving forward as a club. We'll continue to work hard every day and I'm sure we will move forward.
"It's good to be settled, we know what we're doing. The work's been great, everyone's been enjoying it, we've got structure to team and we're all looking forward to the next game."