Reading manager Nigel Adkins praised his players for their persistence after a six-match winless run in the Sky Bet Championship ended with a 3-0 victory over Blackpool.The Royals had conceded three goals in four of their previous five matches and focused on keeping things tight at the start, before Glenn Murray nodded in his fourth goal of the season to put them in front after 23 minutes.
Blackpool skipper Peter Clarke then put through his own net to double Reading's lead with 20 minutes remaining and substitute Nick Blackman scored a spot-kick after being hauled down in the box by John Lundstram.
"The last few results have gone against us and although we've played some good football in those games, it's all about results," Adkins said. "But the players have responded to that really well. We've scored three goals, kept that all-important clean sheet and we've got three points on the board.
"We've got many youngsters in the team who are gaining so much valuable experience. Sometimes the hard way because some of their mistakes have resulted in goals. But they keep working very hard and did so again today.
"Sometimes it can get that little bit edgy. That was probably how the game was to start off with. But we had that steel and determination today, everyone was hanging in there and we got a good result."