Academy Manager on Premier League Cup final defeatThe Royals’ Under-23 side fell at the last hurdle against Swansea City in the Premier League Cup a week ago – but Academy Manager Lee Herron feels that the experience of putting together a good cup run which took them to the final will stand them in good stead.
Reading were defeated 2-0 against a more experienced Swans side in the final at Liberty Stadium – and Herron believes that that defeat will put a bit of extra fire in the bellies of this young group when they reconvene next season, and whatever path they go down in the new campaign.
“There were a lot of disappointed young men in the changing room,” reflected Herron on the defeat to the Swans. “It’s a tough night to lose in the final. You can’t have two winners – the boys have to learn from it and take from it what they can.
“On reflection on the game, we couldn’t have too many complaints. Swansea deserved it – fair play to them, they were very good. But you can’t lay down – when you’re knocked down, you have to get back up again and you have to learn from it, as we always say.
“You have to keep learning to develop – these lads have played nearly 40-odd games this season, which is the first time that our second team has done that because of the amount of competitions the have been in.
“So fair play to them to get to the final – of course once you’re there you want to win it, and with the bounce of the ball here or there or the ball not hitting the bar you could be ahead in the game.
“It is a development group rather than a team, as we play so many different players in the Under-23s. They will have gained a hell of a lot from this year, which will help most of them next year – whether they are out on loan or playing in this Under-23 team next season.
“There’s lots to learn – we’re disappointed with the defeat, but we move forward and we get better.
“The plans for each of the players will be different, but they’ll come back much better for it.”