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Stam | “We should have won”

15 October 2016

Boss disappointed by taking just a point

A point away from home, but a performance that warranted more. Royals boss Jaap Stam was asked after the game if he was disappointed with a draw...

"Yes we are," he replied. "We should have won it. We defended well, worked hard, created chances, but we should have scored in the second half.

"We knew from the start it was going to be a hard game, because they’ve got a very strong, physical side and they play a lot of long balls up to their striker and look to attack from the second balls and create chances that way.

"So it wasn’t the easiest of games. They tried to make it difficult by pressing us high in the first half, but there was still a lot of space to play out from the back and we didn’t always do it well – we could have done it better.

"We conceded a goal we didn’t need to concede because we gave the ball away ourselves in the middle of the pitch. And after that we had to come back which we did very quickly.

"We scored a great goal – the cross from Garath and the finish from Danny and we deserved that. And after that we tried to go for the second one.

"We wanted to play our own game, creating chances from possession and at half-time we spoke about how, if there was a lot of space out wide we needed to switch the play to the other side quickly...and a couple of times we did it really well.

"We should have scored the second one. It’s frustrating. We created the chances, but it would have been nice to finish one of them off - because we want to win games.

"Every game we play, we play with the intention of winning, home or away. Sometimes it can be a bit risky, but we want to play our attacking football. We kept searching for the second one today, but unfortunately it didn't come our way."

The Royals have lost just once in their last eleven outings, and Jaap Stam's men face Aston Villa at Madejski Stadium under the lights on Tuesday night i an attempt to further improve that record.

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