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Kuhl on 'outstanding' Royals

8 April 2014

Captain praises Academy group

Royals youth captain Aaron Kuhl couldn't speak highly enough of the entire Academy group, as their magnificent run in this season's FA Youth Cup came to an end on Monday night.

A freak goal in stoppage time gave Fulham a 3-2 (5-4 aggregate) semi-final victory over ten-man Reading, who were excellent throughout and should be proud of making Royals history as the first ever under-18s to reach the last four of this prestigious tournament.

"It's quality for us to get this far and set a new record," Aaron told Reading FC Player. "We played outstanding to be honest, we were the better team - even with ten men.

"We thought we'd just stick to our game plan, play with a solid bank of four and then hit them on the counter attack. Truthfully, the lads were outstanding. Credit to all of them, they were brilliant.

"At the end of the game, Eamonn (Dolan, Academy manager) was just saying how proud is he of all of us and how well we've all done to set a club record. We've worked hard day in, day out."

Kuhl, who signed his first professional contract with the Royals in December 2013, has set his sights on a first team breakthrough in the coming years - but has his short-term focus on this Thursday's Barclays Premier League final first leg against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

"Hopefully I get in there within the next few years, hopefully the gaffer will give me a chance," he added.

"But for now, it's on to the next game which is on Thursday - hopefully at Man City we can get one over them and win the final in the second leg at Madejski.

"We want to win that tournament for the under-18s and for the under-21s."

Watch the full interview with Aaron Kuhl, and also Eamonn Dolan, on Reading FC Player now.

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