Under-23s manager, Scott Marshall says the squad 'did themselves proud' in Friday night's 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
Ben House opened the scoring early on with a cleverly improvised header after Ryan East's volley into the ground, before Joshua Bohui equalised in the second half for the hosts at Old Trafford.
House hit the woodwork late on in the game, and Danny Loader saw a succession of shots saved in an end to the match which the Royals dominated.
Overall, though, Marshall says the squad enjoyed the experience of playing at one of the biggest and most historic grounds in England.
"It's great, getting the chance to play a game at Old Trafford is what everybody dreams of when they're growing up, with the great history and the great games that have been here in the past," he said.
"I think the boys enjoyed the occasion and certainly played well enough and did themselves proud.
"They were really disappointed in the changing room at not taking the chances that were created.
"We had to play through a bit of a sticky spell at the start of the second half, they got the equaliser but I think we finished really strongly in the game.
"They're working hard day in, day out and their fitness levels are really good, I thought it showed in the end.
"With a bit more care in and around the box, we could have taken one of these chances and I think we could have taken two or three, to be honest.
"It was pleasing to come through that spell and finish strongly."
With a big squad from which to choose this year, Marshall says he hopes to keep his entire squad involved throughout a busy season ahead - with the morale among the Academy players running high at the moment.
"We make sure that everybody gets their game time, we're pushing them every day. There's a bit of challenge and competition within the group, but they all support each other really well.
"They push each other on and they recognise that it's a healthy competition, they're all chasing to look and improve every day.
"They've set themselves some targets in there and working hard to push things through."