Manager gives post-match analysis after Al-Taawoun meetingReading’s meeting with Saudi Arabian top-tier outfit Al-Taawoun in Arnhem ended in a 3-1 victory in the Royals’ favour – and boss Jaap Stam saw positives in the performance and opportunities to improve as well.
An energetic, technically-gifted Saudi side held their own throughout, but conceded first after a high press resulted in misplaced backpass which ended in the net to gift Reading a goal. Danny Williams followed up a minute later to double the lead, and Yann Kermorgant completed the scoring in the final minute after Al-Taawoun had hit back late in the second half.
The match offered more chances for the coaching staff to see the players in action, as well as to keep working on instituting their style of play with the team.
“You can see that we are trying to play in a certain way – you need to keep on trying that,” said the gaffer. “Okay, sometimes you will make a mistake, but it doesn’t matter – if you are afraid to make mistakes, then you are not improving.
“Eventually we got a good result but I must say that our opponents made it quite difficult for us at certain times as well. Technically they had a very good team and they could play good football. We wanted to press the opponent and the communication was not always how we wanted it to be.
“We try to press up high against the opponent so they couldn’t get out, and that meant they scored the first goal for us. That is what you get when you put pressure well on the other team.
“There were also times that we didn’t do it well and they were able to play through the midfield. So we need to improve that and we’re working on that. That’s a thing that you need to do and that’s what you do in pre-season.
“Everybody is helping each other out which is good. And sometimes you need to be tough with each other on the pitch as well. They all know that it is their job – if you want to have success, sometimes that goes with good things but sometimes it means you have to be hard with each other as well.”
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