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Kuhl delighted with QPR performance

24 November 2014

U21s reach Premier League Cup's last 16

Martin 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.” 

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