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Cooper on Cup confidence

23 September 2014

Jake eyes victory at Derby

Defender Jake Cooper is hopeful the Royals can progress further in the Capital One Cup against Derby County tonight at the iPro Stadium.

Cooper believes a good cup run will be beneficial for Reading’s Sky Bet Championship form, although he will not be looking further than the third round of the competition.

He said: “A cup run is big for the Club, and if we can go far in the League Cup it will be good for the team and bring confidence to the boys.

“It helps with our league form because we get used to playing with each other and the cup games gives us the chance to try out different things to get wins.

“We won’t look to the next round yet as we will be concentrating on playing Derby. We will try and get a win and focus on beating them first.”

Meanwhile, the 6’4” defender expressed his delight at making his first league start for the Royals last weekend, despite feeling disappointed with a 1-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The 19-year-old put in a hard-fought performance against the Owls, but a late Stevie May deflected free-kick cruelly denied Reading a vital away point in South Yorkshire.

After making his first start for the club, Cooper says he will be aiming to break into Nigel Adkins’ starting XI on a regular basis.

“It was nice to play with the boys, but the result was not what we came there for,” said Cooper. “We worked hard and I thought we had chances to win the game, but unfortunately in the end that’s football.

“Just to play with the boys and make my debut was nice, but obviously the result isn’t what we wanted and I look to win games. That’s what I was hoping to help the boys do, but it didn’t happen.

“I had a chance to score but didn’t take it, but you have to move on and hopefully I’ll get myself in similar areas like that with more games coming up.

“The boys battled well and we put in a good enough performance to get a good result I think. However, as I say it was unfortunate to let a late goal in.

“It’s up to the gaffer who he picks and I shall be doing my best in training to break into the first-team.”

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