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Rovers take on the Royals in U21 Premier League Cup semi-final tonight

26 February 2015

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Rovers will look to reach the final of the Under-21 Premier League Cup when they take on Reading at Leigh Sports Village this Thursday evening (kick-off 7pm).

After defeating Aston Villa (3-2) and Newcastle United (1-0) to progress through to the last four, Rovers' reward is a home tie against last season's winners.

The Royals, who have an unbeaten record in the competition, lifted the inaugural trophy last April after overturning a 3-2 deficit to defeat Manchester City 4-3 in the 2014 final over two legs.

This season, Reading have defeated Queens Park Rangers (3-0), Bolton Wanderers (3-1) and Huddersfield Town (1-0 after extra-time) to reach the semi-final stage of the competition.

The two teams have already met in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League this season, when a goal from Dominic Samuel in first-half stoppage time secured a narrow 1-0 win at Ewood Park back in September.

A number of Rovers' more experienced Under-21 players, who have played a key role in the cup run, are no longer at the club, but head coach Eric Kinder insists his young charges will give it a ‘right good go'.

"Reading are the holders, so it's a big game for us,” he said. "We weren't far away from them in the league game, they beat us 1-0 at Ewood.

"If we'd taken our chances that night, it would have been a different story, but we're a different side now from what we were then.”

"It's a semi-final and so we've got to go out and try to win it. We'll be young again – a similar squad to Monday night – so we're back to the future of the club and that's our philosophy. We'll go with younger players, we'll give it a right good go and we'll see if we can get to a final."

Southampton host Derby County at St Mary's Stadium in the other semi-final on Thursday March 5th.

Leigh Sports Village are offering free entry to this evening's cup match. Simply go online and register your details at Kick-off is at 7.00pm.

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