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Stam: Royals ready for Rangers rendezvous

14 October 2016

Jaap talks QPR, international break and wanting to win for the fans

Royals boss Jaap Stam is expecting a physical encounter on Saturday when Reading travel to Loftus Road in a return to Championship action after the two week international break.

The gaffer knows QPR are a club with big ambition, so says the Royals will be ready for a Rangers side that will be looking to get their league campaign back underway with a win. 

“We have seen them play – they are a good side with a lot of quality players within the squad,” admitted Stam.  “Physically they are a very strong team and they want to win their games as well of course.”

“They are a club that are targeting getting into that top 6 in the league in order to give themselves a chance of promotion.  They are very eager to get there and they want to win every game, especially at home, so it will be a very tough game.  We know that, and getting a result won’t be easy.

“But we are going to be trying that,” he continued. “Hopefully we’ll do well and get some points over there. That’s how we always approach the game and that’s what we want to do in every game, and that’s how we’ll be starting on Saturday.”

The Reading boss says that despite the amount of money QPR have spent in previous seasons - whilst trying to build a squad to get back to the Premier League - success is built on more than just big finances.

“They have an experienced team,” said the gaffer. “They have the budget to bring in experienced players to build a team.  That comes with the territory for a team that wants to make that step up to the Premier League.

“It doesn’t mean that you automatically get results by doing that – everybody knows that if you want to get results, especially within the Championship, you’ll need to work hard and create a certain atmosphere within the team to get results.  That’s what we’re trying to do, and that’s what they are trying to do too.  We’ll see on Saturday how it goes.”

Stam says the team are raring to get going again after the international break, with the players not on international duty able to rest up and work on individual aspects of their game during the gap in domestic fixtures.

“It has been nice to have a couple of days off – you can work with a couple of players individually as well,” said Jaap. “But it’s always nice when the games come back and when we can start playing again.

“For players it is very important to get their rest.  We have had a lot of games in a short period and you could see towards the end of that period that some players were getting a bit tired.  So they needed a bit of time off, or to do a bit less than normal in our training sessions.

“That’s what we’ve done – and with other players we have worked them very hard, and individually we have done a lot of work on certain aspects of the game. So it’s good for everybody.”

The Royals are set to take well in excess of 1,500 fans to Loftus Road, and the manager believes the Royals will need every one of them behind his team in a difficult ground to visit for away sides.

“We want to win not only for us, but for our fans as well. Everybody wants to have positive results – we want that, our fans want that, and they have been great for us and it’s great that so many people are coming to this game against QPR as well, because we need the support over there.

“It’s a tight ground and a small place in the sense that they are very close to the pitch,” he continued. “We need our fans over there to help out our players as well. I know as a player that it’s always nice when your fans back you up and help you, especially in these games.”

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