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Herron pleased with ‘bigger picture’, despite defeat

11 January 2017

Academy Manager gives reaction after exiting Checkatrade Trophy

A chance to play in the quarter-final of the Checkatrade Trophy slipped out of Reading’s grasp on Tuesday night, as the ten men of Reading battled bravely but were ultimately defeated 4-2 at Yeovil Town.

The game was goalless when Sandro Wieser’s dismissal game; Otis Khan and Francois Zoko netted for the hosts before Andrija Novakovich pegged one back before half-time.  But Omar Sowunmi and a Jake Sheppard own-goal extended the Glovers’ lead before a consolatory late penalty by Josh Barrett, after Danny Loader won a spot-kick.

Despite exiting the competition in Somerset, Academy Manager Lee Herron was pleased with the kinds of opportunities and challenges that five competitive fixtures in this competition have offered…

“We’re disappointed to go out at this stage of the tournament,” Herron reflected.  “It was always going to be a difficult game, going across to Yeovil – and it’s made more difficult if you go down to 10 men early on with a very young side.

“So we’re disappointed, but the bigger picture of it all is that there have been a lot of experiences from it.

“I haven’t had a chance to watch the red card back; in real-time it didn’t really look like a red if I’m honest.  Of course at that point it becomes more difficult – but it’s a challenge then.  You have to pull yourselves together, and we probably didn’t do that for the next little period.  We didn’t use the ball well enough and they got their two goals.

“For some of the boys, that will be their first experience of that tonight – playing with 10 men in a competition against League players.

“But as I’ve said right from the start, it has been a great opportunity for us to be involved in this competition and it’s served us really well.  We’ve learned a lot from it.  We’ll go away and reflect, and we’ll learn a lot more from it as well.

“You see a little bit of naivety from young players – but that’s understandable, because that’s where they are in their development.  We had 17- and 16-year-olds playing out there with other young players.

“So we’re delighted to have got this far and we’re happy with what has happened.”

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