Assistant academy boss on Nike TrophyAssistant Academy manager Lee Herron has given his reaction to the U14s remarkable win at Wembley Stadium.
In an afternoon of thrilling football, the Royals took their top flight opponents to extra time, before scoring in the final five minutes to secure a 1-0 victory. The day was made all the more dramatic by the fact that Chelsea would have triumphed on goal difference from previous rounds at the full time whistle, given that no penalty shootout was set to take place.
"We are thrilled in a way that the day went, to win the Nike Trophy at Wembley against Chelsea is a phenomenal experience. You're speechless really for the young lads and it's great for the club," said Herron.
"Ryan Williams and Martin Dean have lead the side and changed the tactics in the last five minutes, because we knew we had to go for it. The staff we have got here are first class. They work exceptionally hard and they have a real love for the club. We all do. That's what gets us through and keeps us together. It isn't a token gesture, it is meant. We feel it. A lot of staff have worked here a number of the years, we love the club and so give everything every day. That transmits to the players, and they give it back, it's a two way thing."
Lee also echoed the sentiments of Academy boss Eamonn Dolan, who had praised first team manager Nigel Adkins for his commitment to the cause in attending the youth final.
"It was wonderful to see the manager in there today giving the boys words of wisdom that they can take forward in the future, and hopefully they go onto represent the first team as so many have done at the Academy over the last five or six years. That's what we're about as a club."