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Posted on 21 March 2006  - 12:00

Stuart Lewis believes the Academy boys entering a winning team has eased the transition to reserve team level.

Stuart Lewis believes the Academy boys entering a winning team has eased the transition to reserve team level.

Second Year Stuart has been joined in recent reserve squads by Jacques Maghoma, Simon Dawkins, along with First Years Joe Martin, Jamie Davis and Alex Smith.

They have joined a group of players who have won 12 out of their last 13 games and are 12 points clear at the top of the table.

The Youth team players have more than played their part and slotting into a higher level of football is all the smoother when a team has acquired the knack of winning.

"Definitely, all the lads are pushing for the league, it is a good environment and everyone is really lively," reflected the central midfielder. "We really want to win the league and coming into a winning side makes it a bit easier for you.

"Since the turn of the year it has been really positive for me from a reserve point of view. I've had about five or six starts now, which is good, and winning is a bonus.

"I think it is down to the positive attitude we have going into each game. We have got on a run and when you get a winning mentality you just want to keep it going. Since Christmas we have really pushed on and the win against Arsenal was a real boost. It has been excellent."

Another two wins would very likely seal the winning of the Barclays Premiership Reserve League South and minds are already drifting towards the potential play-off against the winners of the northern section - headed at the moment by Manchester United, with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa in pursuit.

"I think we might play Man Utd if we win the section and that would be a great game to aim for. To pick up a medal would be a great thing in my second year.

"We need two more wins and once we get them we can build for next season."