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RADEK IMPRESSED

Posted on 9 October 2006  - 12:00

Radek Cerny has highlighted the winning mentality of the youngsters who have made such a positive start to the defence of the reserve title this season.

Radek Cerny has highlighted the winning mentality of the youngsters who have made such a positive start to the defence of the reserve title this season.

At 32, goalkeeper Radek was the most experienced player in the line-up - including the likes of Jake Livermore, Dorian Dervite, Stuart Lewis, Tomas Pekhart and Cian Hughton - that ended Reading’s 100 per cent record last week.

That took the reserves’ record to won three and draw one in four matches this term and it is now 12 games since Clive Allen’s team’s last league defeat in a run of just one loss in the last 22 matches going back into last season.

“I played last season and I thought the younger lads did very well then and it is the same this season,” said Radek. “They all work so hard and three wins and a draw is a good start.

“They have a good mentality, a winning mentality. Our reserve team from last season is a leader and now we’ve played against Arsenal, West Ham and Reading away, all very tough but the team has played well and is still unbeaten.

“It’s important the young players can make it into the reserves with one or two more experienced players around them. That was always the case when I was at Slavia Prague, there would always be more experienced players in the side as well and it works well.

“I thoroughly enjoy it. I need to play games, it’s important for me and I can also lend my experience to them."