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Jaap plays down fourth straight win

19 November 2016

Stam keeping level head after a comfortable 3-0 win over Albion

1-0, 2-0, 3-0...and 3-0 again! 4 wins, 12 points, 9 goals and Reading moved into 3rd place in the Championship table this afternoon following a comfortable victory against Nigel Clough's Burton Albion.

"The result is very pleasing. It's 3-0 and you don't get that very often...and yet we've managed it twice in a row. It's good and we're very happy with that," manager Jaap Stam told the media after the match.

"The performance itself - in the first half we played very well. In the first five minutes, we were searching for how to play in a system different to how we normally try to play. But after that we controlled the game, created some very good chances and scored two good goals.

"In the second half you want to keep that rhythm and do the same again, play the ball forward if the chance is there or keep possesion when you need to. But we were a bit sloppy, not as aggressive as we were in the first half. We gave them a bit more time on the ball.

"At 2-0, if they score one, they get their confidence back. But they didn't really get any clear cut chances and thankfully we scored a third goal and created a few more chances to score even more."

Our lofty league position is no reason to get too excited though according to the cool and calm Royals boss. "We're realistic in what we're trying to achieve, what we can do with the sqaud we have and where we want to go to eventually.

"We want to perform, but we're still building something that will hopefully allow us to eventually get somewhere. We're doing well and the players are enjoying themselves - four wins in a row, four clean sheets, so I'm very happy with how everythiung is going.

"But it's still difficult to stay up there, because you're playing in a league with a lot of quality teams - clubs with squads that are probably bigger than what we have at the moment. So we need to look to the long term and what is realistic for us this season.

"Are we looking at the table and thinking we need to be stay there, because then we might go up...no. We're just looking from game to game - that's what we're focused on.

"I know people get happy with results like this and, of course, everybody wants to go up as quick as we can. The club wants that, myself as a manager I want that. But there are a lot of games to be played.

"We're working very hard to get results and up to now its going quite well. But during the season, there will be games that are difficult and we'll have to deal with them as well. We have to be realistic. So we're just looking from game to game and hoping to get a result."



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