Aaron on Rams Cup defeatRoyals youngster Aaron Kuhl believes there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s 2-0 defeat against Derby County at the iPro Stadium in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
After a goalless first-half, Johnny Russell opened the scoring for the hosts, before an unfortunate own goal from Alex Pearce confirmed Reading’s exit from the competition.
Despite a League Cup exit, Kuhl says he will be treating the defeat against the Rams as a learning curb and feels the rest of the team will become stronger.
“In the first-half we were not quite at it,” said Kuhl. “In the second-half we turned up and started really well.
“We kept the ball well and had a good 30 minute spell before they scored, which is when we should have come out on top.
“There’s a few positives to come out of the second-half, but sadly we are out of the League Cup.
“We had a few chances in the first-half and we know they are good on the ball. They keep the ball well, so we set up to defend against that.
“When we got the ball, it was our time to keep possession and create chances which I felt we also did in the second-half.”
He continued: “The own goal killed us off – at the time we were trying to get back on top - they scored their counter-attack goal and then that got right into us.
“The lads will learn from it – this is a great experience for a young side and not only that, we have players coming back, so this will be good for the team as we become stronger.”
Meanwhile, the 18-year-old midfielder believes he has gained a great deal of experience in the League Cup this season having featured in all three games as he now aims to become more involved with Nigel Adkins’ first-team squad.
He said: “It has been good building blocks for me. I’m trying to push my way into the team and show the gaffer what I’m made of, but I’ve still got a lot to learn.
“It has been a great experience playing in the Capital One Cup and featuring in league games.
“Not only that, but playing against big teams like Derby, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough is great experience, so hopefully I can keep on going.”