U21s reach Premier League Cup's last 16Martin Kuhl was delighted with the performance of Reading’s U21 side after they began the defence of the Premier League Cup with a 3-0 win over QPR last night.
A first-half strike from Dominic Samuel put the Royals ahead at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park before a superb free-kick from Tariqe Fosu doubled the advantage after the break.
Substitute Andrija Novakovich completed the scoring with a late penalty, which he won himself, meaning that we march on into the last 16.
And Kuhl was thrilled with the outcome and the displays of a number of his players.
“Tricky game, tricky opposition, tricky surface,” said the Royals’ Professional Phase Coach. “I thought we did really well and it was a great ball by Tish to put Dom through for the opener.
“He finished it well. It was a very nice goal and the other goals were good, and well timed, too. QPR had a bit of possession but we looked dangerous on the counter attack.
“I thought the better defensive team won – and that’s not to say we were playing defensively. We were better with our shape, as they had a lot more possession in front of us.
“In the first half, we played some very nice football and cut them open quite a bit. Second half, they had to give it more of a go and we dealt with it well.”
He continued: “We’ve got a good group and they love playing football. Some of them have tasted first-team action and some have tasted first-team training – that is all positive.
“They’re mentality was good to come back into the 21s and play here, which is what I’m pleased about. They’re here to keep pressuring the first-team, keep knocking on the door of the gaffer and if they keep performing like that then they’ve got a chance.”