Adkins: No hard feelings towards Southampton

The Reading boss says he will treat his former club will an equally warm reception as others receive, but expects a competitive encounter at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday
Reading manager Nigel Adkins insists he has moved on from his sacking and will treat the upcoming clash with former club Southampton as he would any other match.

The 48-year-old spent two-and-a-half years at the Saints helm, guiding them from the depths of League One to the Premier League before being dismissed in January to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.

Yet Adkins intends on showing his ex-employers the same hospitality he does others and believes he has put the situation behind him at this point.

"We welcome the opposition management to the Madejski Stadium and, like every opposition team, we always invite them in for a drink afterwards, win, lose or draw," he told reporters. "Situations happen in life and in football. I had a fantastic relationship with the supporters and everyone at Southampton but that has now gone.

"We had a fantastic journey there and that can never be taken away. We were with the players for two-and-a-half years and we were very successful in that spell and we played some good football. The situation has happened and what we have to do is move on. You have to move forward. That is the reality."

Adkins still believes in Reading's ability to survival despite their position at the foot of the table, and expects a competitive game on Saturday.

"You won't be in our dressing room if you think it is a lost cause," he continued. "The opposition are in a good vein of form but we are at home. These are the two teams that finished first and second in the Championship last season.

"There were some good games last season, it was a good game this year at St Mary's. We have to get the three points at the weekend. It is very close down there. We need to get some victories under our belt."