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Marshall praises U23 pre-season performances

Premier League 2 season gets started at the weekend

7 August 2018

Scott Marshall says his Under-23 squad are in good form ahead of their new season getting underway this weekend.

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The young Royals rounded off pre-season with a 2-0 win against Charlton Athletic at Hogwood on Monday afternoon - the last of nine warm-up matches ahead of the new Premier League 2 campaign.

Jack Nolan opened the scoring mid-way through the second half before a late own goal sealed the win for our U23s, having changed the team completely after a 4-1 victory against their Swansea City counterparts just two days beforehand.

Marshall is happy with the effort shown by his squad, and he hopes they can take that into the season with them.

"It's been good, the boys have worked really hard," Marshall said. "They've worked well since day one, coming in the door with a bit of enthusiasm and looking forward to the new season.

"We've had nine fixtures in pre-season, but we've got a lot of bodies in there - guys that need football. I've been really pleased with how the games have gone.

"The opposition have been great as well, played quite a few men's teams in there, the lads have got a lot of age group football under their belt and it's good to get these fixtures against men. 

"They'll learn the physical side of things and a bit more nouse, which is great and will hopefully help them when they get the chance to play some senior football.

"Everybody's been really good, I've been really pleased with all the performances in pre-season, there has been lots of learning in all the games.

"The boys are taking things on board, they're looking good and there's a good spirit in the camp, a good focus as well so I'm really happy with it."

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Young defender, Cameron Green captained the U23s as they took on Charlton on Monday afternoon.

Several U23 matches have been scheduled to take place at Madejski Stadium in the first part of the season while the senior side play away, in a move that should give the young Royals a feel for the routine of a weekend matchday.

"It's always great to play at the stadium, the boys always get a lift playing there," Marshall explained. "We've got a few Saturday fixtures there as well, which helps us keep on the same programme as the first team. 

"We can then support first team training and everyone's on the same page, we don't get any ups and downs in the training programme, which helps and it means the guys can slot in and out of the different groups - with no worries in the physical side."

After a narrow loss to non-league Bath City in pre-season, our U23s have since gone unbeaten and recorded a convincing 4-1 win over Football League opposition in Cheltenham Town, as well as a 3-2 victory against local senior team Slough Town.

Wolves U23s are the visitors to Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off at 1pm in RG2!

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