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Kuhl praises resilient Royals

23 February 2016

10 man Reading earn a point away at Southampton U21's

Royals’ Under-21 boss Martin Kuhl praised his side after their 1-1 draw away to Southampton in the Barclays U21 Premier League.

Reading were down to 10 men after just seven minutes when Shane Griffin saw red; the Royals defender was adjudged to have been the last man when bringing down Saints striker Sam Gallagher more than 50 yards from goal.

Despite going a goal down, the Royals found an equaliser through Jack Stacey to take a point away from the league clash, a response that Kuhl was happy with.

“I think Griff was a bit unlucky with the sending off, he got caught in two minds and ends up catching the boy; the lad’s got a long way to go but in hindsight it’s probably a fair decision,” reflected Kuhl.

“I thought the lads showed good resilience and character after the early set back and did well to come from a goal down.”

Kuhl praised the team’s shape and workrate as well as the football the young Royals played, despite being a man short, quelling most of the threats Southampton posed.

“We had a good shape with ten men and passed the ball well. We had some good chances but didn’t take them and got in some good attacking areas in the first half.

“The ball came off Stuart Moore for their goal but he’s made up for it by producing a few great saves to keep them out,” continued Kuhl. “I didn’t feel they dominated us and I think we nullified their threat really well, we always had an attacking threat.”

After falling a goal behind it was Stacey that equalised for the Royals and in Kuhl’s opinion the goal was no more than Reading deserved.

“We always posed a threat of scoring and Jack Stacey took his chance well. I think our threat kept them on the back foot a little because they never really laid siege to our goal.

“We’re partly disappointed we didn’t win; we hit the post and made some good chances.  But Conor Shaughnessy’s clearance off the goal line for us typified the spirit we showed.”

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