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Joey insists Royals ‘take lessons’ from Old Trafford experience

7 January 2017

Van den Berg reflects on defeat at hands of United

Royals defender Joey van den Berg feels that the Reading squad will leave Old Trafford with more useful knowledge and experience after falling to a defeat Emirates FA Cup defeat to the reigning champions.

Goals before the break by Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial were added to by a late Marcus Rashford brace; the Dutchman wants to use the lessons learnt over the final four months of the Championship season.

“It’s a great experience, but it’s too bad that we gave the goals away cheap, so that we couldn’t stay in the game,” Joey said.

“In the end they have a good squad, and you see that if you’re not sharp or accurate enough these teams will punish you.  That’s what happened, in the first half especially.

“At 2-0 up, they were holding a little bit back – and that gave us time to play.  I think especially in the second half and towards the end of the first half, we managed to play our own game.  That’s when you can enjoy it a little bit more.  It’s better to be playing your own game at 0-0 of course!

“They have a good squad – we had respect for them, but perhaps a bit too much.  Sometimes you need to make a foul or stop the play to get them out of their rhythm.

“If you want to score goals, you have to be very eager to do so – we had some chances but were not able to clear ones.  We will take lessons from games like this.

“Everything is fast – that’s what we’ll take from this game.  We want to go to this level, and this is what you have to do to be here.  So I hope we can take lessons out of it.”

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