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"A winning mentality"

16 October 2012

Cummins happy with U21s' desire

Development coach Chris Cummins stressed the importance of a winning mentality after watching the U21s claw back from two goals down away to Bolton.

The young Royals had a tough task ahead of them after falling 2-0 behind mid-way through the first half - but found a way back into the game and very nearly clinched all three points late on.

Cummins said he was pleased with how the U21s recovered from the deficit - but admitted that they started the match somewhat off the pace.

"There were plenty of positives to take," he said. "But in the first half we weren't good enough - we started off okay for the first five minutes but we gave two poor goals and sat far too deep.

"Jake Taylor put us back in the game with the free kick - and I said to the boys at half time that we needed to play higher up the pitch with a bit more quality and self belief.

"In the second half, there was only one team that was going to win the game. We grew into the game as it went on and we had that belief that we were going to snatch it. It's pleasing that at 2-2 we had that hunger and desire to go and want to win the game.

"There were some really good performances in the second half - but we have to play for 90 minutes, not 45. It's important to find a winning mentality."

Cummins underlined the club's track record of producing young players from the Academy to the first-team - the likes of Jem Karacan, who has recently earned a call up to Turkey's senior squad.

Next up for the U21s are Norwich at the Madejski Stadium - and Cummins is hoping the U21s are supported by a strong crowd for their next Barclays Premier League clash.

"Throughout the club we've got a great mentality of hard work and enthusiasm," he added. "Any young player should have that and it's great from them to look up to the likes of Jem and Pearcey.

"This is a really good league for the lads to learn and progress in. It's competitive, and I haven't seen a bad game yet. You never know who you're going to play against and the standard so far has been outstanding.

"It feels like we haven't been at home for a long time! We always like to play at the stadium - the lads will certainly look forward to it. Hopefully we'll have a fair few fans there which gives the boys an extra buzz."

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