Reading sit 10 points adrift with 12 to play for and their one-season sojourn in the top-flight appears to be at an end.
Adkins said: "We can't hide away from the situation where we are in the league. I'm not going to do that."
The former Southampton boss cut a solemn figure and his focus now appears to be on masterminding an immediate return from the Championship.
He added: "The players are going to work very hard - they are working very hard - and we want to make sure the supporters have got something they're going to enjoy watching and ultimately winning football as well."