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Stacey: 'It's a chance to show what I can do'

25 July 2016

Royals winger Jack Stacey is enjoying getting time on the pitch during pre-season so far...

Reading winger Jack Stacey felt that despite defeat to Wimbledon on Saturday there were plenty of positives to take from the Royals penultimate pre-season friendly at Kingsmeadow.

The 20-year-old - who scored and set up another at Swindon last Tuesday – said the Royals created enough chances to get a result but were just lacking in front of goal against the Dons. 

“It was a good run out for us and at times we played some very good football,” said Stacey. “We were pretty unlucky with the first goal coming so quickly, it’s pre-season obviously the results don’t contribute towards anything, but there were some positive signs.”

“I think we were lacking a bit of cutting edge, we had some attacking players out injured and we played some nice stuff at times, so it was just down to not taking enough of our chances.”

Stacey, who came on from the bench in the second half, was a whisker away from making it 2-1 minutes after taking to the pitch. His header was tipped onto the post by James Shea in the Wimbledon goal, but the wide-man did not dwell on the opportunity and is pleased to be making an impact in the first team during pre-season thus far. 

“On another day maybe that creeps inside the post so that was a bit disappointing,” reflected Stacey. “For me though it’s just good to get minutes in the first team and have a chance to show what I can do.”

“In the dressing room everyone was disappointed about that result but we do have something to build on with the positivity in training and the way we are implementing the new style of football with the 4-3-3.

The academy graduate praised the positive atmosphere around the squad since the arrival of Jaap Stam with the new signings settling in well and the Dutchman’s tactics being implemented smoothly in training.

Next Friday will see Reading face Bournemouth at Madejski Stadium and Stacey believes the team will produce an improved performance against the Premier League outfit in their final fixture before the start of the Sky Bet Championship season.  

“The new signings have gelled well so overall it’s very positive in the camp at the moment. For the younger academy lads we’ve come through the ranks playing this style of football so hopefully we can adapt well to playing the short passing style in a 4-3-3 and it can work well for us.

“We’re looking forward to Friday now,” Stacey continued. “Bournemouth are a very good footballing team. The way they play the passing style of football with the 4-3-3 is a good model for how to get promoted from the Championship and they have established themselves in the Premier League, that’s something we would like to do as well so hopefully it should be a great game.”

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