Reading vs. Manchester City  0 - 2

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Guthrie hails Adkins effect

15 May 2013 17:55

Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie believes the relegated Premier League club have made progress under Nigel Adkins.

Adkins' side fell to a 2-0 defeat against deposed Premier League champions Manchester City on Tuesday, but produced a spirited display in a highly competitive game between two sides with little to play for.

Former Newcastle man Guthrie was disappointed that the Madejski Stadium outfit did not take anything from the game, but feels they have improved as a team since Adkins' appointment in March.

"It was difficult at times," he told the club's official website. "We shot ourselves in the foot with the two goals, they were poor from our point of view. At 1-0 we had some chances but the second goal killed the game off.

"But it's been a change for me and I'm really enjoy playing. The style of football suits me, and I think the boys are progressing well with it. We've come a long way from the first game under the new gaffer at Arsenal.

"Everyone is getting to know their new role and the style of play. You can see we've had glimpses of it coming off each week. Even against City at 1-0 we kept the ball and created some chances."

Reading will play their final game in the top flight for at least a year when they take on West Ham at Upton Park, but Guthrie insists he will be at the club next term and is looking forward to competing for promotion in the Championship.

"It's disappointing (relegation) but we've come to terms with it and everyone's looking forward to next season. Everyone's in the same boat. We've been aware for a couple of weeks now what the reality is and we've all got our heads round it.

"I've got two years left on my contract, we've got a great squad here and I'm really looking forward to next season."

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City resolve impresses Kidd

15 May 2013 01:11

Caretaker Manchester City manager Brian Kidd was pleased with the way the players responded to a tumultuous period by beating Reading 2-0.

Kidd took the reins for Tuesday's clash at Madejski Stadium following the sacking of Roberto Mancini on Monday and the departure of the Italian's second-in-charge, David Platt, before the match.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko secured the win, which wrapped up second place in the Premier League and helped ward off the disappointment of their heartbreaking FA Cup final loss to Wigan.

Kidd was pleased to see the team move on from a difficult period.

"To be honest, the three points was the most important thing. I think you get to this stage of the season where it's not about performances, it's about getting results," Kidd told Sky Sports.

"It was on my mind that we needed to seal that second spot in the league, that's the least we had to do.

"I would have just taken the result tonight. If you had said to me you are going to get three points and clinch second place, I'd have accepted that - the way the last 48 hours have gone."

Kidd said the club had been shocked by Mancini's sacking.

"If you were to ask me about what has gone on in the last 24 hours, it was a shock to the staff," he said.

"All credit to the players, they are the ones that have had to put up with stuff off the pitch as well."

City announced before the game that Platt had declined the opportunity to continue working with the club, and Kidd said the chance of a stint in the hot seat was one he could not pass up.

"It's not me, I've just come in and been asked to take the team for two games. As a Manchester lad, I couldn't say no," he said.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins, meanwhile, saw plenty of positives as his team prepare for life in the Championship next term.

"We played against an exceptionally good team that play the ball very well," he said.

"They (City) are obviously hurting at this moment in time as well, but I thought their attitude was bang on from a players' point of view. They are good in possession of the football.

"But I must say, although we maybe stuffed them a little bit in the first half - that's maybe down to the quality of their players - we want to evolve into a team that can control longer periods of possession of the football.

"There is a lot of positivity about the place. On the training ground the players are certainly in a positive mind set and everyone wants to be in and is looking forward to the future."

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Premier League Preview: Reading v Manchester City

12 May 2013 08:21

Reading may fancy their chances of increasing Manchester City's pain when they host Roberto Mancini's men on Tuesday.

While Reading have already been relegated from the English Premier League, they could claim consecutive wins if they manage to overcome City having knocked off Fulham 4-2 last week.

Manchester City's week has been dominated by rumours that Malaga head coach Manuel Pellegrini will replace the reigning Premier League champions' manager Mancini at the end of the season.

If Manchester City fail to beat Reading, the calls for Mancini's head will only grow louder.

While Mancini's side knocked off Reading 1-0 earlier in the season, Manchester City lost their last trip to the Madejski Stadium back in 2008.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins will know, however, that his team will probably need at least a couple of goals to overcome Manchester City due to their poor defensive record this season.

While Reading have kept two clean sheets in their past four games, they have the worst defensive record in the Premier League season alongside Wigan and Aston Villa having conceded 67 goals.

Adam Le Fondre and Hal Robson-Kanu will be Reading's best avenues for goals having notched 13 and seven respectively in all competitions this season.

For Manchester City, a point against Reading would secure a second-placed finish ahead of Chelsea, while they should be keen to bounce back after an embarrassing FA Cup final defeat to Wigan.

Saturday's loss to Wigan continued a generally lacklustre month for Manchester City, which has included a defeat to Tottenham, a draw away to Swansea and narrow wins over West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Wigan.

The only impressive result for Mancini and his players in the past month was a 2-1 win over Chelsea to qualify for the FA Cup final.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25