Reading boss Nigel Adkins keen to redress worst defeat

By Nabil HassanBBC South Sport
Reading manager Nigel Adkins

Reading manager Nigel Adkins has urged his players to move on from Tuesday's 6-0 League Cup defeat to Peterborough.

The loss was the 48-year-old's heaviest in management and he has told his side to make it up to the club's fans.

Reading travel to Yeovil on Saturday having not won a game since the opening day of the season on 3 August.

"I expect the players to take responsibility, we have had a meeting, we've talked about it, now we need to move on," Adkins told BBC Berkshire.

"We've got to make our supporters proud and win the game of football."

Reading were without winger Jimmy Kebe on Tuesday following his late withdrawal through injury.

Adkins questioned the validity of his injury and it later emerged that the player has been in talks with Crystal Palace about a move to Selhurst Park.

Those talks are ongoing, with Palace boss Ian Holloway confirming permission was given by Reading.

"He is one of the ones we are trying to pursue," the Eagles boss added.

"I was allowed to speak to Jimmy at about half 11 on Wednesday night, so I don't know where we are with that."

Kebe has returned to training, but Adkins admitted he did not know what the future holds for the Mali international.

"First and foremost, I don't want to get dragged in because we have to move on," he said.

"Jimmy has trained, the transfer window shuts on Monday and the week leading up to it makes people do things that they've got to think about.

"Speculation, interest, who knows what goes on behind the scenes, we will do our business quietly. There has been interest in Jimmy but Nicky Hammond (director of football) deals with that and he does that very well."

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