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Stam sings praises of travelling fans at Swindon

21 July 2016

Manager impressed at Royals following

Reading manager Jaap Stam admitted that he was impressed by the support that his young team received in Swindon during Tuesday evening’s pre-season friendly win against Swindon.

The first big ‘URZZZ’ of pre-season came when the players came out to warm up at the County Ground – and the noise from the Reading fans persisted throughout the game, even when the team trailed in the second half.  Their commitment to the Royals was rewarded when Jack Stacey netted a great solo winner two minutes from the end to make it 2-1; Deniss Rakels had landed the equaliser ten minutes prior.

“I must say, there were a lot of fans here – I’m very happy with them because I think they have done very well throughout the game,” Stam said.

“They supported the team throughout, and that’s what we need.  Everybody knows that the fans are a very important thing for Reading.

“When the team has a difficult time on the pitch, the fans are there to help them out and to give them an extra boost and maybe that extra push to perform and get a good result.

“So the fans did very well; that was the feeling of all the staff.  We spoke about them in the dressing room – it was very positive.”

With 46 league games coming up – plus the cups – the gaffer knows it won’t all be plain sailing for his side.

But he hopes that this level of support will continue throughout and dig the team out when things aren’t going their way.

“Fans are very important for a football club,” continued the gaffer.  “Of course you want to perform well and win your games, and you want to beat opponents with a lot of goals.

“But sometimes there will be difficult times.  We are going to be up against opponents who are very strong and who have got quality players.

“So when the fans back you up and help you out, it can give you that extra push to win a game or get a draw.  They are very important to us.”



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