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Dodds praises 'talented lads'

14 December 2012

Cup win delights Academy assistant manager

Assistant Academy boss David Dodds hailed his Academy players after they beat Brentford 5-1 to progress into the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.

Aaron Kuhl scored early on to get the ball rolling, before a brace from Uche Ikpeazu and strikes from Shepherd Murombedzi and Niall Keown secured the rout.

After the under-18s topped their group a fortnight ago, concentration was shifted towards the cup competition - and Dodds was pleased to get past the first hurdle.

"The early rounds of the youth cup are always tests, but the early goal from Kuhly helped a lot and settled us down," he said.

"They caused us problems, they dropped off and made it compact and hard to play through. We had to move the ball around and get down the wings.

"To their credit, they had a good game plan and stuck to it - but it was up to us to try and break it down and we did. When their goal went in, it was good to see the lads stay calm and still pass the ball well."

"This year, we set our stall out to win the league and we did that. We've had some big games where we've had to go and get results.

"We're into the Elite league now with the likes of Chelsea and Man United so it will be a great test against some of the best young players in the country.

Dodds was also delighted to see Dominic Samuel come off the bench on Tuesday night at Sunderland to make his first Premier League appearance, and hopes to help more of his young players to eventually achieve the same feat.

"He is a talented lad - he scored a lot of goals for the youth team and then showed some good form for the under-21s. Fair dos to the gaffer for trusting him to come on in a game like that. It's nice to see him progress.

"It's a really good group and they been coached well over the last two or three years. You can just put them on the pitch, point them in the right direction and they play well.

"There are some talented lads and we're hoping they can get into the under-21s and ultimately the first team - that's the most important thing."

Highlights from the under-18s emphatic win can be found by clicking here.

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