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Dodds: It Went To Plan!

13 February 2014

David pleased with execution

David Dodds has praised the Royals Academy for a thoroughly professional display to ease their way to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.

The Assistant Academy boss oversaw a 3-0 victory over Accrington Stanley at Madejski Stadium, with goals from Jack Stacey, Nana Owusu and Harry Cardwell setting up a last eight clash with either Watford or Liverpool.

“They stuck to the game plan and maybe should have converted a couple in the first half to make it a little more comfortable,” he said.

“I thought the lads really moved them around tonight and played well. Accrington were decent - they beat West Ham, who obviously have a very good Academy – and beat Bristol City, so we knew we’d have a tough game. We knew that they defended really well by compacting on one side of the pitch, so we tried to switch the ball regularly and get a run at them. The boys did that well. Because we play out freely you tend to give at least a half chance away per game but what you get out of going forward is worth that. It was good to keep a clean sheet.”

Watford and Liverpool will play at Vicarage Road on Wednesday 19th February, with the winner of that tie travelling to Madejski Stadium some time before 8th March to fight for a prestigious semi-final place.

“Both are good teams with a lot of history in cup competitions, whichever one it is we’ve got them at home – which is good. With the Youth Cup you get into a bit of a routine, the first one is always a hard one but after that you get into the swing of things.”

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