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Cummins pleased with U21s

23 October 2012

Coach's reaction to 3-0 win

Under 21s coach Chris Cummins had a lot to smile about after watching the young Royals deservedly beat Norwich by three goals to nil.

A goal from the returning Jordan Obita and a brace from Dominic Samuel ensured a comfortable night's work for the U21s - watched by over 600 hearty Royals supporters.

Cummins had praise for Samuel for his two well-taken goals and said that once his side got into the game, there was only going to be one winner.

"It took us a while to get going," he said. "We were a bit flat to start with but once we got going I thought we really controlled the game and I couldn't see us losing it.

"I felt the young players really expressed themselves tonight, and it was great for Dom Samuel to get his first couple of goals of the season.

"He's a goal scorer - there's no doubt about that. It's about getting the balance between working hard and being clinical around the box and tonight he got his rewards."

The young Royals were supported by a number of players with first team experience - and Cummins saw the value of the senior pros' involvement.

"The senior boys again did a great job for us and it was important for them to get 90 minutes under their belts.

"Feds was skipper for the night and he led by example. His distribution was great and he communicated really well with the defence. Pearce and Morrison looked really comfortable at the back and Harte did it everything right - as always.

"It was important that we kept a clean sheet as it gives defenders and the goalkeeper a real boost. We'd have been disappointed if it finished 3-1 - defenders want to keep clean sheets and strikers want to score goals and thankfully we did both tonight.

"Sometimes these games can be tough for the young boys in a big stadium with not so many fans but the senior pros really helped them."

There were also positives for Obita, back at the Madejski Stadium after his loan spell at Portsmouth, after managing to bag a goal and an assist before suffering a spot of cramp in the second half.

"Jordan has been great for the club since he's joined - he's always got a goal and an assist in him," Cummins added.

"We got a good hour out of him before he went down with cramp - he hasn't played a great deal so it's understandable. He's got a wonderful left foot and I thought he was our catalyst on the night.

"The focus will now be on next week's game at West Brom. The side always changes and it will probably be young next week - but we take one game at a time and make sure the lads are developing and working hard."

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