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Jaap discusses striking options

22 November 2016

The gaffer praises the Reading front line...

Following the Royals impressive 3-0 win on Saturday and a fourth straight victory in the league, Reading boss Jaap Stam discussed the clubs’ striking options after Dominic Samuel’s first senior goal for the club.

With forward Yann Kermorgant side-lined through injury, Saturday saw Samuel and Garath McCleary play as a striking partnership, a change in tactics that the manager says worked well, with both players carrying out their roles to perfection.

“We need out strikers or forwards to work hard, not only going forward, but also off the ball. Dom and Garath McCleary did that and chased the Burton centre-backs. They did well to not give them time on the ball. That was really tiring for them and worked well.”

“We’re always looking at how we can hurt an opposition, how we can gain control and how we can be a threat and a danger going forward. In how we play and the system that we play we are always looking for that balance in the team that you can put on the pitch.”

Jaap was pleased the impact Samuel had on Saturday in his first league start for the club, and as well as his goal, was impressed with the work rate and all-round performance of the 22-year-old.

The Royals have now scored nine goals in their last four games, and the manager is now happy with the way his side are controlling games and creating chances, which was something that was more of a struggle in the early stages of the season.
 
“Dominic Samuel is a good player, he is a young player and a talented player,” said the gaffer. “He was out with an injury for a long time, he is fit again now and he is the kind of player that can take advantage of space with his pace and the timing of his runs. He is a threat. He scored the goal, worked very hard, and I was very happy with his performance on Saturday.

“We’ve also got other options like Joseph Mendes and Yakou Meite,” he continued. “We look at the opposition and then we decide who to play depending on the strengths of the opposition.
 
“We are very happy with the goals we have scored, we are always looking and working on how we can create chances and how we can create space for players in front of goal. Every game we play we are looking to see where we can find our gaps and where we can create our chances.”




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