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Herron: “It’s important that we get the fans involved”

10 January 2017

Academy Manager previews visit to Yeovil

The Royals have a chance to reach the quarter-final of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening – Yeovil Town stand between Reading and a place in the last eight, and our lads will need to get through the challenge at Huish Park.

Lee Herron, Reading’s Academy Manager, was pleased to see such an enthusiastic group of travelling fans at Southampton last month… and he hopes that the Royals support will build on that for our visit to the West Country.

“As I said after the last round at Southampton, it’s important that we get the fans involved in it,” said Herron.  “It’s a last-16 round in a competition, with a quarter-final at stake.  As staff and players, we want as many of our supporters along to support the young players through the night to give them encouragement.

“That’s what football is about and what we’re craving.  We want as many of our supporters along to give the support the team.

“There weren’t too many fans at Southampton, but they made noise – and of course when you win on penalties and run over to the fans, it seems like there are a few thousand there! 

“They’re really excited by it because it was a really entertaining evening and a fantastic outcome on that occasion.  My words to the fans would be to get along – we need your help.”

These sides have met once before in this competition – Darren Way’s men were 2-0 winners at Madejski Stadium in our group game back in November.

So there’s no doubt that the Royals will need to be at the very peak of their game if they want to secure a spot in the quarter-final.

“It’s going to be a really difficult game on Tuesday night down in Yeovil – and one we’re really looking forward to,” Lee continued. 

“I’ve gone on record before and said that in getting to this stage we’ve done exceptionally well.  We’re one of the few academy teams left in it, which is a great achievement for us.  We want to do everything we can at Yeovil to take that a step further.

“When we played them here, they won 2-0 – we’ll take bits from that.  It gives us a chance to know a bit more about them.  They’ll be favourites to go through on the night but we’ll do our best to see what we can get from it.

“It’s always about experiences – this has been a great one for us to date.  The competition has had a bit of criticism and I can understand that to a degree because everyone has their different opinions.  But I was amongst our fans on Saturday at Manchester United and people were talking about this competition – you want those people to come along.”

If you want to come along and support our boys at Huish Park, tickets are priced £10 Adults, £5 Over-65 & 16-21 and £1 Under-16.  Tickets can be bought on arrival at the ground from the Ticket Office.

And if you can’t get along, follow the game as it happens – we’ll be providing updates on our Twitter feed (@ReadingFC) as well as hosting audio commentary on Reading FC PlayerHD for subscribers.

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