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Coach pleased with second half response

Posted: Tue 20 Aug 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk
Eric Kinder

Eric Kinder

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Under-21s boss Eric Kinder was delighted with the way his side came from behind to defeat Reading 2-1 at Ewood Park last night.

After a goalless first half that was edged by the visitors, it was Reading who took the lead when Dominic Samuel scored on 55 minutes, but the young Rovers rallied well to turn the game around thanks to late goals from Academy duo Bradley Bauress and Devarn Green, to earn their first win of the new season.

Speaking after the match to Rovers Player, Kinder said: "I thought we deserved it in the second half, I was really pleased with them.

"I wasn't too happy with the first half performance I didn't think we played with enough tempo and move the ball quick enough. I didn't think we pressed hard enough and I didn't think we worked hard enough and I told them that at half time.

"In the second half we got higher up the pitch which made the pitch smaller for us and then we were picking up all the second balls. We were much more dynamic.

"Then we have the two young kids who get the goals, we've shown faith in them and they've done well and deserved their goals."

For Blackburn-born Kinder it was a proud moment to take charge of a team at Ewood park for the first time.

"It is the first time that I've actually stood in the coaches area and took a side," added the Under-21s boss.

"I loved it, this is where I grew up. I first came here when I was six years-old and I never once thought that I'd be stood in the technical area coaching a Blackburn side.

"I really enjoyed it but I'm more pleased for the lads."

The Under-21s are back in action next Monday night when they face Sunderland at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground. The development squad's next home game is at Leigh Sports Village on Friday 30th August against Arsenal.