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Jaap: ‘We’re going to work for it’

20 October 2016

Royals boss says the team will work hard to earn a result on Saturday...

Royals boss Jaap Stam is looking for a positive reaction from his Royals side when they travel up to Rotherham for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship encounter at the New York Stadium.

Reading will be looking to bounce back after Tuesday evening’s late defeat, but the gaffer believes hard work and a strong will from within the squad to go and win games should help the Royals focus fully on taking all three points against the Millers.

“There are a lot of games in a row and the boys really want to win games,” said Stam. “We as a staff want to win games and we want to win the game on Saturday. We’re going to work for it and go up there to try again and get a result. By working hard it makes you feel better too.

“We are not used to the feeling of losing and the players don’t like that feeling,” he continued. “The players are determined to go out and do better on Saturday, I don’t think they played badly on Tuesday because they worked very hard, but they will be doing that again to try and get a win in Rotherham.”

The Dutchman is expecting a difficult task against a Rotherham side, who as recently as Tuesday dismissed their manager. Despite being bottom of the Championship table, Jaap thinks the Yorkshire club will be determined to try and frustrate the Royals come the weekend.

“Sometimes the opposition know how we play and they try to make it difficult for us,” admitted the gaffer. “We need to find our way of creating chances and scoring goals and that’s what we try to do and will do on Saturday.

“We play attacking football, we’ve played against a lot of sides that set up very defensively, we try to go and get results in our own way. You try to win your games but it’s not easy because everybody is looking for that win. It would be easier if we score that first goal and the players are working very hard for it.

“We lost late on against Villa but that is what happens sometimes in football,” he continued. “That’s what happens. We need to deal with it, we need to go on and we’re looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

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