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Marshall: "I’ve enjoyed working with the group, there’s a lot of potential"

U23s manager sees room for progress with his group

19 October 2017

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Scott Marshall is looking forward to seeing his Under-23s side play at Madejski Stadium for the first time this season, as they take on Aston Villa.

The young Royals have shot up the Premier League table under Marshall's tutelage following his arrival last month, with the squad set to face Marshall's former side on Monday night.

With free entry and free parking at Madejski Stadium for Monday's game, Marshall hopes to see a strong turnout of support for the youngsters.

He said: “It’s always good playing at the main stadium, and all the boys are looking forward to it.

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“I think making it free to get in for people to come along and watch is good, and see the guys who are trying to push on and make a name for themselves and the club.

“Hopefully it’ll be a good occasion and we get a few people there."

The Royals have taken the most points in their league since Marshall's arrival, most recently ending Middlesbrough's unbeaten run at the weekend with an enthralling 4-3 win at Riverside Stadium.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the group in the short space of time that I’ve been here, there’s a lot of potential and we’re looking forward to the game on Monday, as we are every game.

“It’s a fair journey back but when you have a good performance and see the game out the way they did, it makes for a happier place certainly."

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First and foremost, though, Marshall is solely driven to improve the players' abilities and their performances, with the results secondary to player development.

“We’re focussed on a good performance and see where that takes us and hopefully we can maintain a level of performance throughout, individually and collectively.

“Guys are thinking about their careers, trying to progress, learn and improve and that’s our main focus for it.

“Hopefully that all comes together and you produce a bit of a performance that sometimes ends in a positive result.

“I think there’s potential there, the boys have done a lot of good things. They’re still young, still learning and it’s a big step up, we’re aware of that, so we just keep trying to progress every day.”

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