Reading manager Nigel Adkins picked out the positives from his side's performance after a 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City.

The Royals were playing for pride against the Citizens having already been relegated, and were looking to give their fans something to cheer about in the final home game of the season.

Manchester City, meanwhile, went into the game having parted ways with manager Roberto Mancini just 24 hours earlier.

Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko's goals condemned the Royals to defeat, but Adkins wasn't too disheartened by the final score.

Speaking to the official Reading website, he said: "We did pass the ball well and in the second half I think we gave them a good run for their money.

"Pav's header was well saved by Hart and we had one and two other oohs, ash and close shaves."

Adkins was keen to look to the future and hopes his players will learn from their mistakes, which could see them finish bottom of the Premier League.

He added: "Maybe with our players we allow them to play the ball and make mistakes because that's the only way they're going to improve.

"There's lots of positives that we're going to take moving forward to the future."

Reading will return to the Championship after a year in the top-flight, and Adkins is already looking ahead to life in the second tier at the Madejski Stadium.

The former Southampton boss added: "All being well we'll have a good summer from a recruitment point of view, then when we arrive for next season we look forward to a campaign that's going to be a challenging one, a demanding one, but one that's full of desire, ambition, hope and drive at Reading Football Club."

Full of optimism, Adkins concluded: "It's going to be another great year to follow."

 

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