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Stam lauds young side's focus

Manager reflects on Carabao Cup progression after extra time!

22 August 2017

It was a late night but a victory that the manager was very pleased with! "We’re not thinking about these cup games as test games for young players...these are games we want to win to go to the next round," he began.

"You want to win the game in 90 minutes of course, and we couldn't do it. But we managed to score two in extra-time – and at the end of the night it’s a good result.

"You always want to get to the next round, because you never know who you’re going to be playing and it always makes it interesting when the draw is made.

"And, if you sometimes want to play with young lads and give them a chance to play on the bigger stage, if you get to a different round maybe you come up against a bigger team and it presents players with another good experience. So I’m very happy we made it through.

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"But it was difficult to play against a team like Millwall. They dropped in very deep and made it difficult for us by not giving away any space. Sometimes that makes it a bit harder for us to create loads of opportunities, but the players worked very hard to create those chances.

"It can take a bit longer to create those opportunities, but overall I’m very pleased with how the players played and how they kept their focus.

"Sometimes, teams can try to force it by playing long balls too quickly because they get frustrated when they can’t get through and suddenly you can be dragged into playing their game, heading balls, winning second balls, playing balls in behind and running after them.

"But we weren't dragged into that, we wanted to keep the ball, maintain control and eventually create chances. And that’s what we’ve done and we did it well. There are always improvements we can make, but it is a good resuilt and a very decent performance."

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The goals that separated the sides were spectacular strikes from Leandro Bacuna, George Evans and Sam Smith - who scored his first senior goal in the dying embers of extra-time.

"Leandro is a player who can play in a defensive or an attacking role – you saw him drive forward with the goal he scored tonight and he has got a good shot on him. 

"I said in the last round when Liam Kelly had scored two, if as a player you get around the edge of the box, especially when it’s very tight with a lot of players in the box, sometimes you need to have a shot instead of constantly playing the one-twos in there. And George did that tonight to score a great goal. 

"When we scored that second one, you know they are going to try something different and they played even more direct, throwing balls into the box. But we knew that then there would be a lot of space left in behind and on the break - and Sam was gone. He’s very strong and it was a great finish."

The Royals now go into the hat for the Third Round which is due to take place at 4.25am on Thursday morning. And all the remaining Premier League teams will be in the unseeded draw! Set your alarm clocks Royals fans!

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