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Stam casts critical eye over important win

29 October 2016

Manager revels in result but is not happy with our performance

Three points are pleasing, but if the performance isn't right, Royals boss Jaap Stam pulls no punches. "I don't think we played well," he said post-match.

"We didn't play the possession game we can, the game we need to play. We were careless on the ball, first touches weren't good enough, passes were inaccurate, the wrong choices were made - and that gave them confidence that they could play very direct and create chances.

"We could have scored more, but Ali made a couple of very good saves. Throughout the whole season he has been very important for us, that's why he's our goalkeeper, that's what he gets paid make saves like that sometimes.

"Ali has been terrific - he's a great goalkeeper, a great person, he has improved even more from last season from what I've seen and he's a very positive influence within the group.

"But you don't want your goalkeeper to be your best player in the match. He saved us a couple of times today...we scored two goals and, thanks to him, that was enough. Yet in the sense of how we played, I'm not very happy."

An early Garath McCleary goal gave the home side a vital advantage, but Al Habsi's goal was under threat from a Forest outfit who threatened to get back into the game until Chris Gunter gave the hosts the breathing space they needed.

"We are very happy with the clean sheet, very happy with the win, the three points - on the face of it a 2-0 win is good. But I am critical in how I think about football and we didn't play how I know we can.

"We scored the first goal and everybody wanted us to keep going and go for a second - but we gave the ball away too quickly, too soon, too easily and they could get forward and create the chaces they did. We made it difficult for ourselves and the first thing we need to look at is how we played ourselves.

"However, everybody in this team is willing to commit themselves to get the result. Sometimes we don't succceed in the way we want to play, but because of the work rate we are putting into it, we are still getting the result."

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