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U23 | “It’s always a big game when you play United!”

Dodds previews Sunday’s meeting at Madejski Stadium

13 December 2018

Reading’s Under-23s host Manchester United on Sunday – and there’s a host of Academy-related activity going on around the ground ahead of the 1pm kick-off.

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See our U23s take on Man Utd at the Madejski as part of a festive fundraiser on Sunday!

12 December 2018

David Dodds, who will be in the dugout this weekend when our U23s meet the Red Devils in Premier League 2, is anticipating an exciting fixture… the Royals currently sit top of the Division 2 table, two points clear of Sunday’s visitors.

“It’s always a big game when you play Manchester United,” Dodds said.

“When we played up there at Old Trafford, it was a really good game.  We drew 1-1 but we had a bit of domination within the game.

“On the day there’ll be a lot of activity around the ground with the Academy – we’re all looking forward to it, and it’ll be a tough game.  They’re looking to get promoted back into the top division, like ourselves.”

The irony of the Under-23s’ success so far this season is that the top talent have been linking up with the senior side – the likes of Danny Loader and Andy Rinomhota in particular have broken through the ceiling and become part of the senior side.

But there’ll still be plenty of talent on show this Sunday – the production line in our Academy is as productive as ever!

“Winning is everything when you get to first-team level, and what’s happening now is that a few of this group are going up and training with the first team and joining in with squad training,” Dodds continued.  “Danny Loader has broken through recently and the young lads are doing well.

“It’s like the four-minute mile – once Roger Bannister did it, four or five people did it straight after.  It’s the same with the young lads here; they’ve seen their teammates go in, and they have the belief that they can go in the same direction.

“We push them all up if possible.  It’s great to win games, but the bottom line is to get them into the first-team squad and into the team.”

Season Ticket holders can come to this game for FREE, while all other supporters can enter for £3 Adults or £1 Concessions.

For more information about the activity around this Under-23 fixture, just click here.


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