Scott Marshall revelled in securing his first victory in his first match as our new Under-23s manager, as his new side beat Fulham 2-1 on Monday night.
Sam Smith scored either side of half-time, netting the winner near the hour mark after Elijah Adebayo equalised for the visitors early in the second half.
Marshall took over the role from the long-serving Martin Kuhl from the start of September, and he says he is pleased with what he saw at Adams Park.
“It feels good. It’s always good to get a win, isn’t it!" He mused. "I really enjoyed it, the boys worked really hard in getting around the ball, and competed really well.
“Throughout the match they showed great desire and intensity, so that was good.
“Don’t get me wrong, I think we can do better on the ball and keep the ball better, moving the ball around the pitch and controlling the game a bit better on the ball.
“They’ve shown some great honesty so far and the desire to learn so it’s been really good."
Monday night's victory was the second win of the season in the Premier League 2 for our Under-23s, and Marshall hopes to use that result to go on to better things this season.
The Royals withstood substantial late pressure from the visitors in order to see out the win at Adams Park, with Marshall pleased to have a good base to work on going forward.
“Getting a result will be good for their confidence as well because you need a little bit of belief, to get on the ball, be brave and do that. We’ll keep working away at these things every day.
“Sam’s got his goals, he was nice and bright and alert around the goalkeeper for the rebounds and the bits and pieces that were there, so that was good.
“He’s put in a big shift as well to try and close people down. We can learn and improve all of these little bits and pieces, get a little bit better, but the effort and intensity is there and the willingness is there so that’s a great start.