Reading midfielder Charlie Adam has stated that the Royals sometimes have to make it look ugly if they’re to continue to push on under Mark Bowen.
Bowen replaced Jose Gomes last Monday, and earned his first victory as a manager on Saturday as he guided the Royals to a 1-0 victory over high-flying Preston.
Adam came on as a substitute in the match and it was his first league appearance in two months for the club having fallen out of favour under Portuguese boss Gomes.
It was Reading’s first victory since mid-August and Adam has expressed his happiness having seen the Royals change from trying to play ‘crazy football’.
Speaking to the Football Daily Podcast, Adam said: “The players are happy – the level of training has gone up and the intensity has gone through the roof.
“We know we are a good footballing team but we were playing crazy football at times and it was costing us so now we have a way of playing.
“We know the Championship – sometimes you have to go long, sometimes you have to make it ugly and we need to do that as a group of players.”
Should Charlie Adam start for Reading?
It’s set to be an interesting period at Reading with the introduction of the new manager. Adam has clearly seen a change in the past week that makes him excited about the rest of the season.
He’s also probably quite happy to have made an appearance having not been in Gomes’ most recent league plans. Adam has a wealth of experience in the game, and he would have seen how the Royals were playing and will have known what they need to change in order to get results and climb up the league.
I think we’ll learn a lot more about this Reading side when they take on QPR this Tuesday, as the R’s are in fine form and are so attacking in the way they play.