U23 boss reflects on away win against ArsenalReading’s Under-23 manager Martin Kuhl was delighted by the approach that his side took and the ability they showed, as they started their Premier League 2 season in winning fashion against Arsenal.
Two second-half goals without reply was just reward for a largely-dominant performance by the Royals at Meadow Park.
“The first thing to mention is that I thought the mentality of the players was superb,” he reflected after the final whistle. “We had a few lads that trained with the first team this morning and then they came down to play in the game, and I think they were superb.
“We’ve used the new philosophy of the gaffer – they play out from the back as you’ve seen from the first team. We try to mirror that – we played out from the back and there was some good composure.
“I thought there was a lot of good individual ability, and we also created a lot of chances. I thought that might come back to haunt us a bit, because as I said to the lads, you have to take those chances.
“In the first 10 minutes some mistakes were made which cost us a few chances, but after that we started to grow into the way we play and into the game, and I thought we started to take over.”
Indeed, Reading hadn’t been able to take any of their numerous chances until Andy Rinomhota lashed in on the rebound with 70 minutes played. Then 10 minutes later Harry Cardwell acrobatically doubled the advantage to put a buffer between the teams.
“Andy played well and had a good game,” Kuhl continued. “It was a good move and it fell for him – we had a few of those that went over the bar in the first half, and this one went into the back of the net.
“And sometimes when you cross the ball into the box you don’t score, but Tariqe tried it and his delivery took a deflection, and Harry took a chance. He reacted well and the overhead kick put it in the back of the net.
“We’ve got a group of lads who are desperate to get into the first team. That’s healthy for the club from my perspective. They played against Arsenal tonight and they performed well. All they can do is perform, knock on the door for the first team, and see what happens.”
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