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AUDIO: Reading boss Nigel Adkins on the 'cracking game of football' against Watford
Reading manager Nigel Adkins refused to be drawn on whether or not Watford’s penalty on Saturday had been correctly awarded or not.
Trailing 3-1 to a brace from Adam Le Fondre and a goal from Jem Karacan, Hornets' substitute Diego Fabbrini was brought down by Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie, allowing Troy Deeney to score from 12 yards to bring Watford within a goal of the hosts.
"The linesman gives a penalty: is it, isn’t it? At the end of the day he’s given it, they score it, 3-2 and it’s game on," said Adkins.
"I’ve looked at it and it’s very difficult to see [if it’s a penalty or not]. At the end of the day, the linesman has given it. We had the same thing at Bolton last week with Royston [Drenthe] and the referee booked him for diving. There’s nothing you can do about it now, the referee gives it."
Reading midfielder Guthrie said after the match that it was a penalty.
Despite twice failing to kill off Gianfranco Zola’s side having established a two-goal lead, Adkins was keen to accentuate the positives of an attacking display from his side.
"What a cracking game of football," enthused Adkins. "We’ve changed our formation to play against a team that is a good side. We got on the front foot, played some really good football, it was an excellent goal from Adam Le Fondre - what a fantastic goal that is - and he could have scored after that one as well to make it two."
Fabbrini’s 90th-minute leveller came courtesy of a deflection on a Lewis McGugan shot which carried the ball through to the Italian and Adkins lamented his side’s lack of luck at the death.
"We look at the way we’ve played, it’s fair to say it was good football. If there wasn’t a deflection at the end we could have a totally different tone of conversation."
The audio from Adkins' press conference is above.
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