Gaffer looks ahead to Owls’ visitReading manager Jaap Stam hopes that Reading can get back onto a winning vein of form on Saturday when Sheffield Wednesday visit Madejski Stadium.
While he and the team want positive results every time they take to the field, he accepts that things won’t always go their way when they face quality opposition in the Championship.
But for that reason, he wants the supporters to give a strong backing to the team in order to help them to achieve their aims.
“If you have a great run like we had, where you’re not losing too many games, everybody gets used to winning games,” explained the gaffer. “That’s a great feeling, but as I’ve said before, everybody needs to be realistic as well.
“It’s not possible to win every game in this league and there is a lot of competition within the league – there’s a lot of good teams with very good players. We’re aware of that – we still want to get results, but the fans need to back us up as well to give us that feeling that if it isn’t going our way and things aren’t going right on the pitch, they will support us and give us a push forward.
“Of course you want to have results in every game that you play; we also know that it is difficult sometimes because you play against very good teams. Now we’re at home on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday – they have a very good team with quality players, and they are doing well in the league as well. So it’s going to be a difficult game.
“But we’ll try to get a result and try to play good football – and of course better than what we saw last Saturday against Fulham.”
Indeed, fans and players alike left Craven Cottage feeling rather sore after a heavy defeat to Fulham last time out.
But that hasn’t damaged the team’s resolve. Quite the opposite, in fact – they have taken to the training ground with renewed determination.
“Immediately after the game, everybody was very disappointed,” he continued. “We spoke about it with the players, about how they felt and what we didn’t do and what we needed in a game like that to get a result. Everybody was very clear in that about they thought about certain things and what we needed to do to improve.
“Everybody needs to understand that we’re working with people, and sometimes this can occur that you’re not in the best form on the day and things don’t go how you want. There is an opposition as well and they play in a certain way.
“Of course we need to realise that our opposition will play in a certain way against us, to make it difficult for us. We’ve spoken about that and everybody knows that, so we don’t need to be surprised if they do it in certain way. We need to step up and do better in certain things, and we have a focus on that in training sessions as well.
“After the Sunday, it’s a closed book – now we need to look to the next game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. And that’s what we’ve done. Again today in training everyone has worked very hard and the atmosphere within the team is still very good, and everyone is still very happy.
“You still feel it after certain types of defeat, of course – that’s normal, and that’s how it needs to be. But we need to focus on the next game and getting a result. That’s what we’re doing at the moment.”
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