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Stam frustrated by late Villa win

18 October 2016

Jaap's reaction to our first home defeat this season

A disappointed Jaap Stam was frustrated to have tasted defeat at Madejski Stadium for the first time thanks to a somewhat cruel injury time penalty.

"We started a little bit restlessly," he began. "They didn’t create any clear cut chances though and we started to control the game.

"We weren’t creating loads of chances ourselves, but if you play against a team who put eleven men dropping in front of their own box, it's very difficult to create chances.

"You need to be patient - and you saw they got fed up with running and chasing the ball in the second half. They tried to press us a bit higher as a result, spaces opened up and we won the penalty and scored the goal…by playing the ball and finding the right players at the right time in between the lines."

Steve Bruce's men had taken the lead through fortunate circumstances - Jonathan Kodjia's low drive deflecting off Tyler Blackett and past a wrongfooted Ali Al Habsi towards the end of an even;y-contested first forty-five.

"Tyler wanted to block the shot and if he hadn’t, maybe Ali would have saved it. But as a defender you do what your instinct is, you get in front of the ball and you try to block it. It happened, but you can’t blame anyone," Stam continued.

But after the equaliser, Reading were in command of the second half it seemed and looked the more likely to score a winner - until an injury time sucker punch.

"At 1-1, you want to create more chances – and we had a couple of good runs from Danny Williams and Garath McCleary which almost opened them up and got us in behind.

"They got a couple of chances on the break, but the players worked very hard, put a lot of effort into it...they wanted a result, we always want a result.

"We posed a threat throughout, but you need take into consideration that you’re playing against a good side - and you can’t afford to give a team like Villa any space with the quality and pace they have.

"We knew they would be dangerous and then the referee, in the last minute, gives a penalty and you lose a game, which is sad. Everybody is very disappointed with the result.

"It’s a harsh moment because, especially at the end of the game, a striker is always looking for that little bit of contact and he goes down. There’s always contact in the game from corner kicks and free kicks, but at the end the referee has pointed for a penalty."

Reading - in 10th place but just a point off the top six, will regroup for a trip to Rotherham this weekend, hoping to restore that winning feeling on the road.

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