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Stam compliments first team fledglings

Manager's reaction to a Carabao Cup victory over the Gills...

8 August 2017

The Carabao Cup Second Round draw takes place on Thursday evening after Sunderland's tie against Bury. And Reading's name will be amongst those in the hat thanks to a fine display from a very young Royals side.

I’m very pleased," manager Jaap Stam began. "Every game you play, you play for the win – so I’m very happy with the result. But it’s also important in how you play.

"We didn't want to just scrape through to the next round, but we wanted to win by keeping possession, creating opportunities, going forward, not letting the opposition dominate us.

"And today, with the players we played - some from the first team squad but a lot of youngsters playeing as well – they did very well. And that’s a big compliment to them.

"We had to fight for the first 20 minutes until they got a little more tired. Eventually we wore them down, spaces opened up and we got the opportunity to score the goals."

"We all know about Liam’s quality. Sometimes he tries those shots and he doesn't succeed. But today he did it twice and he did it very well."

Jaap Stam on Liam Kelly

Those goals came from the right boot of Liam Kelly - at 21, a veritable senior member of a side that included three debutants this evening.

"We all know about Liam’s quality. Sometimes he tries those efforts in training and he doesn't succeed. But today he did it twice and he did it very well.

"He started playing a little bit deeper in the first half, but in the second half we used him further forward.

"And if he gets into the position where he can have a shot, we know he’s got the quality – and of course he can be very happy with those two goals."

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Sam Smith and Andy Rinomhota were handed their first team debuts, while Axel Andresson came off the bench to add his name to Reading's list of players who have come through our Academy to breka into the first team in RG2.

"We want to bring in young players at Reading and the cup games give our young players the opportunity to play in front of a bigger crowd at a higher level, alongside other more experienced first team players who they can learn from.

"We have a lot of important players, who played in the first eleven last season, out injured – so this was a good opportunity for some of the other players to step up and to do well.

"Everybody’s working very hard to get the players fit and to get new players in, but for now we need to deal with the situation. It’s not easy – we lost the first league game at QPR at the weekend and we should have done a lot better. And, of course on Saturday at home to Fulham, we want to show ourselves."


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