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16 May 2013

Tanner on reaching the Premier League final

We'll have highlights from our Academy's 4-0 semi final win, as well as interviews from goalscorer Craig Tanner and owner Anton Zingarevich on Reading FC Player.

Royals Academy striker Craig Tanner praised the efforts of the entire team after his brace helped our under-18s beat Everton 4-0 to book a place in Sunday's Premier League final with Fulham.

Our youngsters battled through torrential rain at Hogwood Park to seal a comfortable win over the Toffees, their 11th win in a row. It was another clean sheet for the young Royals, who have conceded just twice in seven outings - and Tanner lauded the defence for their fine work.

"It was a great performance all round - from the defence to the attack. We worked hard, got about them, played to our game plan and obviously it showed in the result.

"I love to play in the rain! When we go in for the slide tackles you see the passion in the lads - and it's a bit easier to run around.

"It's always nice to score, but it all starts from our defence. We've kept a lot of clean sheets and when we we're doing that, it's a lot easier for us.

"We can score goals from anywhere - that was Dom Hyam's seventh of the season, Coops (Jake Cooper) is on five - (Jack) Stacey's popped up with another. Even though Uche (Ikpeazu) didn't score, he gave us a lot to play off and he was a handful."

Tanner added that it meant a lot to see manager Nigel Adkins and owner Anton Zingarevich watch the semi-final on Wednesday afternoon, and says it's now all about focus and preparation for Sunday's final at Craven Cottage.

"It's great - it gives you the belief that you can get into the first team as you get a chance to show them what you can do," added Craig.

"It's just about keeping together and doing the right things off the pitch. We'll recover now, prepare for Sunday and hopefully get the result that we deserve."

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