Youth Focus: Rob Milsom

Tuesday 27 February 2007 11:00

Following a frustrating spell on the sidelines through injury, midfielder, Rob Milsom, is delighted to be back in Ray Lewington and Billy McKinlay’s plans.

The youngster was brought back in to play at left back against Watford, a position he started his career at, before being transformed into a centre midfielder.

We spoke with Rob after a training session last week to discuss his injuries and his comeback into Reserve team reckoning.

Again we scored the first goal against Watford but lost, that must have been disappointing…
I think all of us as a team were disappointed with how the game went. Throughout most of the first half it was even in terms of possession and 1-1 was a fair reflection going in at half time. They were a strong team and played some good football in the second half. We were disappointed with how the goals went in, especially their third.

That has happened a couple of times this season, why do you think that is?
It is difficult to put your finger on the cause, perhaps it is through lack of concentration in some cases. We did take the lead against Villa and they obviously went on to beat us pretty convincingly but I think that had more to do with the strength of their side.

On the whole we have been playing well this season?
I think we have done really well so far this season, there is a group of us now that have been together all of last season and throughout this one as well and I think it has been coming together nicely as a consequence. We have played some good football this season.

It must be great to have had a good run of games recently?
It’s great to be back, it’s not until you spend time on the sidelines that you realise how much you miss playing. I have played four games now and I can feel my fitness improving all the time; I am getting sharper with each game, which is really pleasing.

You have reverted back to left back in recent games, how have you found that?
Ha, ha, yeah it is going back to the good old days, but I have enjoyed playing there. You have to get used to playing a different style of football, there isn’t as much running as there is playing in the centre and all the play is front of you which means you have adjust slightly. I definitely still see myself as a central midfielder and when my fitness improves I hope to force my way back into that position.

We now take on top of the table Reading, that will be quite a tough match?
It will be a very tough game, Reading play very strong teams with a number of players who have Premiership experience. But we are playing at home and if we keep it tight and play like we know we can then there is no reason why we can’t get something from the game.

Do you enjoy testing yourself against sides with so many Premiership regulars?
It is great for all of us; we have a very young side compared to a lot of the teams in this League and what better test for you as a player to see how far your game is progressing than to play against lads who have played in the Premiership regularly at the highest level.

And it must have been good to see some of your team-mates sign professional terms recently?
I remember what a great day it was for me when I signed my first professional contract. TJ was obviously signing his second contract but Browny (Wayne Brown) and Wattsy (Adam Watts) were signing their first. They both really deserve this chance because they have been such consistent performers for the Reserves. They know the hard graft starts here and they will know doubt be working hard to get that second contract.