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Plenty of positives for Keen in Colchester win

11 August 2015

Royals assistant lauds team after victory

Reading assistant manager Kevin Keen was complimentary of another impressive Royals’ performance away at Colchester United, as they took a 1-0 win after extra time thanks to Chris Gunter’s goal.

The key positive was securing passage to the second round of the Capital One Cup, but in addition there were a number of other plus-points for the side.

“It was a really pleasing result in the end especially as the game went on it was a little bit of a war of attrition,” said Keen.  “But as the game went on we started to break down their defence and eventually we got there with a really good goal from Chris Gunter.

“Chris is an incredible athlete in getting up and down the pitch, and it was great watching him in pre-season.  There have been two or three over pre-season like Nick Blackman tonight it was a fantastic shift from him.

“We played some really good football and showed some good passing, and we kept a clean-sheet tonight.  It was Ali Al-Habsi’s full debut as well, and it was terrific for Anton Ferdinand to come through a full 120 minutes after he’s had a tough year.  It’s not just that he did the minutes, but also produced that he produced a top-quality defensive performance and shepherded the defence really well. 

“We showed good character – it’s difficult to come to places like Colchester where they are organised and athletic and they had a real go for their manager.  It was a tough ask, especially once it goes to extra time, but it was great for the squad to come through and get a first win on board for the season.”

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