Jaap says hard work is key over a busy festive periodReading boss Jaap Stam says the Royals will be working hard over the festive period as his side look to try and take three points from Boxing Day’s clash with Norwich City at Madejski Stadium.
The gaffer knows the meeting with the Canaries is going to be a tough one, pointing to the quality the opposition have in their squad, but believes with the right preparation the Royals will be in good shape to get a result.
“It’s going to be a busy period,” said Stam. “We are working hard in preparing for the game on Boxing day. We as a technical staff know that with the Christmas period it is going to be a busy time.
“It is going to be a tough game. They’ve got a good side and a lot of quality players that were with them in the Premier League last season that are still there.”
Though wary of Norwich’s threat, the manager says the Royals will be working hard on the training pitch and are looking at a number of shapes to be adaptable when it comes to the 3pm kick off on the 26th.
Defeat at home to Huddersfield last Saturday for the Canaries was the latest in a mixed bag of results for Alex Neil’s men, having beaten Aston Villa at home the previous Tuesday.
“It is going to be hard,” admitted the manager. “But everybody knows when we play at home we want to get a result. We need to prepare for all occasions because sometimes we’ve seen them play in a bit of a different system and managers are always looking for the right combinations on the pitch.
“They lost their game against Huddersfield at home last week so they will be wanting to have a better result against us. Maybe they will be changing a couple of players in looking to do that, so we need to be prepared for that.
“We will be training using different shapes to workout which is the best way to play against them and to get a result.”
Hoping to be part of the crowd on Boxing Day? Here’s a reminder of a few important points…
It’s set to be our biggest home crowd of the season, so there will be a lot of traffic on the roads leading to Madejski Stadium – so give yourself plenty of time to get in.
And the Ticket Office will be a lot busier than usual – there’ll be a lot more collections than usual (because of the limited Christmas post). So to avoid any long queues, we would strongly advise to arrive for 1.30pm.
There are now very few tickets remaining – availability is very limited in all areas of the ground. Most available spaces are now just single seats. So make sure you book yours at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.
Plan your journey!
Don’t forget, there are no trains running on Boxing Day. Football buses are in operation and other routes are operating a Sunday service, while there is extra parking availability thanks to Costco, who are donating their proceeds to BBC Children in Need.
For more information about travel to this fixture, click here.