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Kuhl: "We're not finished"

10 April 2014

U21s coach on first leg defeat

Under-21s coach Martin Kuhl firmly believes the Royals can clinch the Barclays Premier League Cup, despite a 3-2 first-leg final defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Watched on by first team manager Nigel Adkins, our youngsters were impressive in the first half and raced into a two-goal lead - but the hosts turned the game around as the Royals were reduced to ten men in the second half.

"There are lot of positives we can take from it, but lot of things to work on - which is good," he told Reading FC Player. "We've come here, we've put on a performance and certainly haven't let ourselves or the club down.

"If we were a bit more clinical it could have been more, we were very solid. We didn't come here to play counter-attacking football, we came here to dominate the ball.

"We're still very proud. We were a bit disappointed in the manner of two of the goals, but it was a very good game.

"They've bought some players and they've got a good team. The boy Lopes has been in and around the first team, but we've got some very good players as well - we think a lot of them too."

The second leg takes place at Madejski Stadium a week on Saturday, and Kuhl is hoping for a strong crowd to back the boys.

"We're not finished at all," he added. "Middlesbrough is the next game and then hopefully we'll have a good crowd for the second leg. 

"We seem to play quite well at Madejski. The lads have got used to playing on the surface, and we're looking forward to it.

"Since Christmas we've gone to likes of Chelsea and Arsenal and we've dominated. The gaffer wants us to pass the ball, and we're trying to produce players who can do that."

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