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Under 18s In Reading Stalemate

Everton Under-18s recorded their first point of the season with a goalless draw with Reading.

It could have been even better for the young Blues had midfielder George Green shot anywhere but straight at the keeper from six yards out.

However the hosts could be happy with the point having had the better of the second half and picking up a clean sheet, having lost their previous three matches so far this season.

The youngsters have played well in those defeats but have yet to have any reward for their efforts, but against a physical Royals side they finally added success to their performances.

The result certainly left coach Neil Dewsnip satisfied. “We are pleased with the performance,” he told evertonfc.com. “Reading are top of our section and physically they were a big strong team but our boys stood up to the challenge.

“Hopefully we can use this as a launch pad to keep going for the rest of the season. We have lost each of our three matches by the one goal which have usually been through ludicrous mistakes.

“The lads have not been down though and that is something myself and Duncan Ferguson have worked on. The result against Reading has a better feel about it and the lads are pleased to have got something from the game.

“Obviously we are much more interested in the performance of the players rather than the winning but by this age we want them to be winning as well. The challenge is to turn round those losses into wins and this draw is the first step towards doing that.

“We are pleased with this result but now we will move on to our next game against Blackburn.”

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