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"Learn from the trauma"

16 January 2013

Academy boss backs young stars

Academy chief Eamonn Dolan has paid tribute to his youngsters following a highly unfortunate FA Youth Cup loss to Bolton Wanderers.

The young Royals dominated for most of the game, but after a missed penalty and some contentious refereeing decisions fell to a 2-0 defeat. 

“Traumas like that tonight is what makes players,” said Eamonn.

“You don’t want to have them – but we’ve got a good side there, there are some good players there that will go on and grace the first team. Nights like tonight are great because even with the disappointment, you learn.”

A two goal deficit certainly didn’t tell the story of the match, with the visitor’s strikes coming from a deflected effort and a second goal which was later shown to be offside. 

“We would never say football is luck because we’re professional people and believe that you play to win.

“The penalty was a good save, and the first goal really the first time they got anywhere near our goal – however we kept going right until the end. Good luck to Bolton and Sammy Lee – all the guys are there are great people and we wish them well.” 

Eamonn was speaking exclusively to Reading FC Player - and our online TV station will bring you full highlights of the clash, including commentary from none other than Royals striker Noel Hunt! Click here to sign up from just 5p a day. 

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