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Jaap: Royals can’t underestimate Albion

18 November 2016

The gaffer is expecting a difficult contest on Saturday afternoon...

Royals boss, Jaap Stam, has outlined the importance of the Reading not underestimating their opponents Burton Albion this weekend. The Brewers, enjoying their first ever season in the second tier of English Football, have had a good start to the season including wins against the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, and Birmingham already this campaign.  

The gaffer and his staff have analysed their opposition in detail and are expecting a real contest in Berkshire come three o’clock on Saturday afternoon. 

“Burton have a strong team,” said Stam. “They have good players and as a side physically they are very strong. From the games that we’ve seen they give the opposition a hard time. The work rate that they’ve got upfront and in midfield as well as on the ball is impressive. Defensively they’ve got strong players so we know it’s going to be a hard game.

“We’re up for it and we’re working towards the game so it’s going to be interesting,” he continued.  “You look at their position in the table, they’ve done well, they’ve beaten big teams in the league as well, so everybody needs to be aware of that.”

The manager has called for his side to be fully focused on the weekend’s task as Reading go in search of a fourth straight league win, and believes his players will have to be on top form if they are to take points from a hard working Burton outfit. 

“Everybody in the squad needs to be very focused and needs to be very sharp to get a result against this team,” admitted the gaffer. “We don’t want to get surprised with how they play, what they do and what they can achieve in matches.

“In combination with their quality is the work rate that they have which is very high. There is no easy game in this league,” continued Jaap. “Everybody is looking to gain points and collect points, it’s bad if you underestimate your opponent because you will have a very difficult time.

“It is going to be a hard game, it’s going to be a difficult game, but we’ve had difficult games before and we’re still going to look for a result.”

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