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Cummins pleased with run-out

19 December 2012

Coach thrilled with youth and experience

Chris Cummins described yesterday's friendly at Bournemouth as a 'win-win situation', as his youngsters gained experience alongside first-team players - who had an important run-out.

The Royals won 3-0 in Dorset, with former Cherries loanee Jem Karacan breaking the deadlock on his comeback, and recent Premier League debutant Dominic Samuel scoring a second half brace. 

"They're great, these games," he said. "It's important the lads get something out of it - it's good to see Hartey, Gunter and Jem Karacan back after a long time.

"Bournemouth played some really good stuff. It was a really good footballing game - very competitive on a decent surface. I didn't think there was a poor player on the pitch.

"And we're all pleased with Dominic Samuel - he did well to pick up another two goals. Overall, I was really pleased with the game.

"The key thing was that all the lads came through the game with no knocks or injuries - and it gives the gaffer a good problem for the weekend."

Samuel isn't the only youngster catching the eye this season, with a number of Royals Academy products in fine form - fresh off the back of a 5-1 FA Youth Cup win over Brentford.

"It's great to have some young players involved too - we had Niall Keown, 17 years of age, playing with Alex Pearce who looked great.

"I'm not afraid to put players in like that - Aaron Kuhl is only 16 and he played for half an hour and it didn't faze him at all. The club have got this policy - if you're good enough then you can play."

"We had the manager there, along with Nigel Gibbs and Nick Hammond. It's a win-win situation - we've seen the likes of Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie get vital minutes while the young players get good experience." 

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