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Anton rallies Royals fans

17 May 2013

Zingarevich looks for Academy backing

Royals owner Anton Zingarevich has urged Reading fans to get down and support the club's Academy as they prepare for a Premier League final on Sunday afternoon.

Eamonn Dolan's under 18s take on Fulham in a 1pm kick-off at Craven Cottage, and with entry free to all supporters, it's a fantastic chance to see the youngsters who have notched up eleven consecutive wins - including a 4-0 semi-final victory over Everton.

“I think this is a good opportunity to see the young kids, the players that Reading fans will be supporting in the not too distance future," said Anton.

"I would like to get as many people in the crowd as we can, to help the boys and get that feeling of the atmosphere they'll have in the future."

Zingarevich watched on in the pouring rain on Wednesday afternoon as the Royals despatched the Toffees in spectacular fashion to seal a final spot, and whilst clearly impressed, the owner is keen for the players to stay level headed.

"It was comfortable to be honest, the first half they could have been four or five up. Lately Everton have been in and around the final all the time and we managed to beat them quite comfortably so it shows that we really do have a good team," he said.

“They’re doing well, and now the real test is whether they can continue to develop themselves. That’s where the real test is, whether they can make it to the first team. The manager is here, the whole club is out here watching them. So they see that we’re serious about them. On the day I thought they showed plenty of talent."

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