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Nigel Adkins praises Silvestri and claims Royals should have won

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Reading manager Nigel Adkins praised Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri as he claimed the Royals should have tied-up all three points.

Reading and Leeds went head-to-head as both teams tried to break free from their mid-table shackles in order to amount a push on the Championship’s top six.

Despite being the away team, it was Reading ascendancy for large parts of the game and Leeds United did really well to handle the pressure, especially after their 2-0 loss to Brentford at the weekend.

Nevertheless, neither side broke the deadlock and it was Leeds United manager Darko Milanic who was able to breathe the biggest sigh of the relief, whilst Adkins was ruing a missed opportunity.

''Leeds have won four of their five games at home [sic], and we've come here and created more than enough opportunities to score,'' Adkins told Reading Player.

"We've had three really good penalty shouts turned down, we've kept a clean-sheet, Feds [Adam Federici] has had one save to make in the 85th minute from Sharpy [Billy Sharp] and their keeper [Marco Silvestri] has made at least three outstanding saves.''

''We've played some good football tonight, a lot of energy, and unfortunately we've come away with a point. I think on reflection the performance deserved three.''

Adkins’ admiration of Silvestri, who has been one of the eye-catching summer signings in the Championship, can come as no surprise as the former Inter Milan goalkeeper put in another show stopping performance and added to his fast growing reputation.

The Italian has gone from unrecognisable among the majority of Championship fans to considered as one of the top goalkeepers in the division in just 10 games and endorsements like the one from Adkins is only likely to aid that growth.

As for Leeds United and Reading, it was a disappointing scoreline for both teams as they now sit at least three points away from the play-off positions. However, both sides will get the chance to decrease that gap on Saturday as Leeds take on Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at home and Reading make the short journey away to Brentford.

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