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Boss on how Plan B won us a point

1 October 2016

Stam: "We have to be happy with a point"

Royals boss Jaap Stam was pleased with a 'fair result' and point against a Derby side who looked like they might end our unbeaten home run... until a deserved 90th minute equaliser.

"In the end, we’re happy with a point because we didn’t want to lose," he began. "But before the game we only wanted a win, we wanted to go for our chances, play how we want and go for the three points. We cou'dn’t succeed in that.

"We had a lot of the ball, but we didn’t create too many chances and we need to do better in that. Going forward, if we play the ball into midfield, we need to create a bit more of a threat up front. Instead, when we got into midfield we looked backwards too quickly, when we could and should have gone forwards and got the ball to the wingers more.

"They gave us time on the ball, dropped in and looked to pick their moment to press and counter attack as quickly as they could. And they had pace, attacking players who are technically good on the ball.

"And they scored from a free kick - we don’t want to be conceding goals like that, we need to be sharper in those situations. And at 1-0 down, that makes it really hard - you know you are going to have to work vert, very hard to get at least the equaliser.

"But we succeded with what was a Plan B. We were 1-0 down, we put another striker in, we put the ball long to Yann and Joseph who are both very strong in the air – and they tried to hold that ball for the midfielders to get underneath or flick it on for the runners.

"You just want to find your way, play from possession and try to create chances. But if you use your Plan B it in the right situations, that plan can work. We did that today."

The 90th minute leveller led to a frantic five minutes of injury time which saw both sides go for the win, but Reading had to be content with an unbeaten home record going into the second international break of the campaign.

"After getting the goal, we tried to make a second one. When you score a goal it naturally gives you a bit more belief and Joseph added pace and good work rate when he came on. Callum coming on gacve us a bit more energy too.

"And it was a lively end to the game, but we didn't succeed in getting a second one. And 1-1 was a fair result.

"You want to dominate every game and win every game. We’re dominating a lot of the games, but we’re not winniny every game. But you can’t win them all in this league - a tough league which sees you play against good sides every week.

"We are in the process of building a team - in just two months it’s not going to be the case that everyone knows what to do in every situation, playign against different styles. But we’re getting there."

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