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Kuhl: Lapse of concentration cost us

14 May 2015

U21s boss on last-gasp Wolves defeat

Martin Kuhl was left to rue a late lapse in concentration as Reading’s U21s’ winning run came to an end at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday evening.

The Royals looked on course for an eighth successive three points after Craig Tanner’s early opener at Molineux but a double from Jordan Graham turned the tide for the hosts, with the winner coming in the 94th minute. 

Prior to kick off, Reading had not conceded a goal in 578 minutes of football and the Professional Phase Coach was disappointed that they were unable to build on their fast start.

“We started the game very brightly, were in good possession and scored a good early goal following a good break down field,” said Kuhl. “It turned into a bit of an end-to-end game after that.

“We were disappointed with their first goal because we felt we could have dealt with it a bit better, but it was a good finish for their lad. The last goal, I’ve said the boys that the manner and timing of it, and where the ball was delivered from, we just switched off for a second and they scored.

“I’m disappointed for the boys because we would have taken a draw going into the West Brom game on Friday. We wanted to finish the season unbeaten and keep the run going that we were on.

“I’ve got no complaints with the result. Both teams gave it a go; it wasn’t an end of season friendly type of game, it was very end to end.”

Kuhl says this his already-promoted U21s side should from the late suckerpunch handed to them in the West Midlands.

“When you get to that stage of a game you need to be concentrating. We made a couple of mistakes and had chances to get ourselves ready for the next phase of play. We didn’t; we got a bit sloppy and where the boy delivered from in the corner, I don’t think anyone expected him to do it, but he did, someone took a chance and we conceded.

“From a defensive point of view, we have been very strong lately and it was disappointing to concede in that manner. People have said that our clean sheet record was going to go sometime but I don’t see it that way.

“They were two stoppable goals. The first one was a good strike, though we could have stopped the move before. The second one, nearly all goals you’ll say we can stop, but we just switched off slightly for the last 30 seconds of the game. It happens and now we are looking for a reaction in our last game of the season on Friday.”

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