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“We created enough to win it” – Luke Southwood

Southwood reflects on Under 23s experience at Old Trafford on Friday night…

18 September 2018

It’s not very often that you come away unhappy with a point against Manchester United on their home turf.

For the Royals’ Under 23s, though, regardless of the team or location – they have the belief and desire to win every fixture as they look to climb up the Premier League 2 – Division 2 table.

On Friday night, the Royals went head to head with the Red Devils in their own backyard and put in a strong enough performance to justify taking all three points back to Berkshire with them.

“A draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford sounds good,” explained the U23s ‘keeper. “But if you look at how we played and the chances that we created then we could have come away with a win.

“We had a chat in the dressing room after the game and we were happy with the levels that we performed at, but are probably a bit disappointed no to come away with three points.

“There were more than enough chances that we had to win the game, so overall, we’re frustrated – but happy with the way we played.”

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It wasn’t complete plain sailing for Scott Marshall’s side, though.

After taking the lead early on through Ben House, the hosts pegged themselves back and had a number of opportunities to add to their tally.

An inspired performance from the agile shot-stopper, though, kept the Royals in the game until the end and he believes that he recent experience training with the First Team played a crucial part in his performance.

He added: “In recent weeks, my schedule has been quite hectic training with the first team – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s great to watch the likes of Vito (Mannone) and Sam (Walker) in action to see the way that they deal with certain situations.

“It’s a huge opportunity now for me to learn.”


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