Defender on Etihad defeatRoyals defender Pierce Sweeney believes bad luck contributed to a 3-2 Premier League final first leg defeat away at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.
Young players could be forgiven for being overawed by the task of playing at the home of the Premier League giants, but our under-21s were not fazed as they took control of the game early on - and the ten men were unfortunate to be edged in the first encounter.
"It was just another game for us, at a another stadium on another pitch - 11 verses 11. There was a decent crowd but it was just another game for me.
"We had a game plan and it was working. We were unlucky not to be more than two goals up and kill the game off, but credit to Man City, they're a great side and got their goal back before half time.
"It's always going to be hard against Man City at the Etihad, they're a quality side but so are we. The boys should be proud of themselves because we put a great shift in.
"It was a bit tough on us, going down to ten-men. But it's not bad for us to take to the Madejski."
The final is still in the balance as the Royals look to seize on home advantage when City travel to Madejski Stadium on Saturday 19th April. The game is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions with parking free of charge.
"We'll have a look it the game and be ready for next Saturday. Hopefully we can turn it around and bring the cup home.
"Hopefully next Saturday we'll get a decent crowd and put the pressure on Man City."