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Dom: "We're like family"

30 October 2012

Samuel and Cummins reflect on U21s draw

In form under 21s striker Dominic Samuel paid tribute to his team mates after the young Royals came from 3-1 down to earn a draw at West Brom.

Samuel has now scored four in two games after his brace at the Hawthorns - but was more pleased with his side's show of character ahead of Friday's match against West Ham.

"I was pleased with my goals but also for the team," he said. "We worked well together and showed the spirit we have in the team to come back from 3-1 down. We have a close team here - shout out to my strike partner Jake Taylor.

"All the players are close - it's like a family. We just work for each other - it doesn't matter if we're losing, we just keep going and working as a team.

"Charlie's free kick gave everyone a boost and then I was just happy to score straight after. We've got West Ham on Friday - this game has gone now so we focus on that."

U21s coach Chris Cummins had some positive words for his striker, and was satisfied with the display his young players put on against a tough Albion team.

"This is the youngest team I've had all season," explained Cummins. "It's really important that we have Brynjar in there to give us that experience. We had a couple of debuts if you like with young Shane Griffin and Jack Stacey coming in.

"We knew it was going to be tough because they had an experienced team out. We didn't have the best of starts and we gave a really poor goal away early on and it took us a while to get going.

"We allowed them too much time and space - but we got the goal back through Dominic Samuel. He can be anything he wants to be and he's now combining his quality with hard work.

"We gave a couple of poor goals away in the second half to go 3-1 down but Charlie's stepped up with the free kick - he does that every day in training. He's got unbelievable ability and technique but could do with a little bit more self belief at times.

"That gave us the momentum to kick on and Dominic's scored a brilliant goal from range and I was really pleased with the fight back. We could have won it at the end when Dom hit the bar but I'm pleased with the way we got back into it."

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