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Dodds praises mentality

15 December 2013

Assistant boss on Youth Cup

Royals Assistant Academy Manager David Dodds has praised the mentality of the club’s youngsters, after they booked a spot in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round on Friday evening.

The under 18s looked polished as they beat a strong Leeds side 3-1 at Elland Road, and Dodds was impressed with the way they handled the occasion.

“Leeds came out quickly second half and forced the issue, but I thought once we scored the second goal we controlled the game,” said David.

“In the build up we tried to keep it really low key and tried to treat it like a normal game, because sometimes I think the boys get too hyped about it, but I thought they performed well on the night. It’s a hard place to come, Elland Road. The lads dealt with it all well.”

First team manager Nigel Adkins and his coaching staff were in the stands for the occasion, and would have been impressed with what they saw – including a spectacular long throw from young Icelander Sammi Fridjonsson, which lead to both of Reading’s second half goals.

“We’ve kept Sammi’s throw a little bit quiet! We knew about it but we hadn’t used it until tonight, and we scored two goals from it. It’s another little threat for us.

“It was fantastic again to see the manager and his staff here, I’ve said before – you wouldn’t get that at many clubs, we’ve been lucky with managers over the last few years. For them to come as they’re preparing for a first team game is brilliant, really good.” 


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