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Jaap preparing for quick Newcastle turnaround

16 August 2016

Reading gearing-up for midweek trip to Tyneside

Royals boss Jaap Stam is looking for a reaction from his side in Wednesday evening’s trip to the Toon, with a quick turnaround for the Royals who will be looking to get back to winning ways.

The manager wants the team to be well prepared for their trip to the North East, insisting that they will be going there determined to obtain a positive result.

“Everybody is expecting a lot from Newcastle,” said Stam. “There is a lot of pressure on them, which means that normally the other teams who are playing Newcastle can play quite freely and can make it easier for their opponent.

“They will be wanting to win their next game which is with us on the Wednesday. We need to look back on their games so far this season, look at the clips and we’re going to go there to try and get a result.”

Following Reading’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Wolves on Saturday, the gaffer wants his side to learn their lessons from the loss and improve against the Magpies.

After opening the season with two victories, in the league and EFL Cup, Stam is expecting his side to get back to playing the kind of football at St James’ Park which resulted in two comfortable wins in the first week of the campaign.  

“We can take some of the lessons from Wolves into the next game,” said the Dutchman. “Most of the players have played in big stadiums and in difficult atmospheres, and, as I’ve said to them, the fans are not on the pitch, they're only in the stands where they can’t harm you!

“In football you need to play our own game, do what you do best and eventually you’ll get a result.”

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