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Reading manager Nigel Adkins vows to keep striker Adam Le Fondre

21 January 2014

Reading manager Nigel Adkins has vowed to keep leading goalscorer Adam Le Fondre at the Sky Bet Championship club.

Le Fondre fired a first-half hat trick to help demolish Bolton at the Madejski Stadium and take his tally for the season to 10 goals - but he has complained to Adkins lately about his lack of game time.

Adkins said after the 7-1 success, which moved his team up to sixth in the table: "My stance on Adam has been exactly the same since I joined the club. He is a great goalscorer and we've got no intention of letting him go anywhere else.

"Whether we are linked to or bring in other forwards is irrelevant. We value Adam very highly and if you want to be successful, you need to have a strong group of strikers.

"The way he has performed was very important to us. Indeed, great credit to all the players.

"We were very clinical with our finishing and there's a big togetherness here. We didn't allow Bolton to play at all and we're building momentum nicely for an important stage of the season."

Le Fondre started the rout in the 12th minute, lashing the ball into the net after a good run by Garath McCleary. His second followed a headed flick by Pavel Pogrebnyak, and he completed his treble when he took advantage of unselfish work by McCleary to tap in.

Four minutes before the break, Reading made it 4-0 when Pogrebnyak tucked in a penalty after Alex Baptiste had carelessly handled an attempted Jordan Obita cross.

Bolton, who could have equalised at only 1-0 down when David Ngog forced a fine save from home goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, were stunned.

Centre-back Kaspars Gorkss made it 5-0 early in the second half, jabbing home for his second goal in as many games, and Hope Akpan brought up the half dozen with a fierce shot on the turn.

Reading, who had scored only two goals in their previous five matches, had not finished.

Substitute Nick Blackman's powerful drive deflected off defender Zat Knight and gave keeper Andy Lonergan no chance. Although Ngog scored for the visitors after an 88th-minute goalmouth scramble, it was barely a consolation.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman was livid with his players.

Referring to Ngog's early chance, he said: "For one second of the game, when we had that opportunity, we played well and with bit of belief and honesty. But that was just a flash. After that, not too many players stood up for the jersey.

"I don't want many days like that and I certainly wasn't prepared for a half-time speech like that.

"It had to come from the heart. I told the players to play for their pride and their place in the team but I didn't see too many players who wanted that.

"I'm not going to stick up for anyone. It was just embarrassing."

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