Captain ready for Cottagers clashRoyals youth captain Aaron Kuhl hailed the spirit of the Academy ahead of tonight's huge FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham at Madejski Stadium.
It has been a roller-coaster ride to the last four of the prestigious tournament, culminated by the under-18s remarkably dramatic shoot-out win over Liverpool in the quarter-finals.
"I’ve never experienced such a game before," said Kuhl, recalling the victory. "It was crazy to play in. To be 4-2 down left with ten minutes to go and then we were right back on it, playing the right football.
"It was a great feeling. It showed how much character our team has. It was probably one of the best games my family have watched - it was just a great feeling.
"It’s crazy. It’s got better and better each round. In the last round, it was unbelievable. We’ve never come far this before.
"It’s good to know we’ve got a good team spirit. We all work hard together. We all do the right things day in, day out."
Some might say having to play the second leg away from home is a disadvantage, but Kuhl is delighted to play the home leg first and hopes a win can be taken to Craven Cottage next Monday night (7th April).
"We’ve done quite well at home," he added. "It will be a great advantage - to try to get that win and take it to Craven Cottage. I’d rather play at home first.
"They’re a very good side to be honest. They’ve got a clinical striker in Moussa Dembele. They’ve got good wingers, they’ve got Muamer Tankovic who has been in the first team too. They’re strong in all areas.
"We’re two equal sides, we’ve both got good teams and good work-rates."
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