Royals boss reacts to the end of an eight-game unbeaten streak"It wasn’t a good performance," manager Jaap Stam said after our unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end at Griffin Park tonight.
"Brentford deserved the win. They were better on the ball, more aggressive than we were – and if you’re not both of those things then you are going to have a very difficult evening. That’s what happened tonight.
"We had time on the ball to play our game, but we didn’t do it well. We chose to play the long ball to the strikers too early and we were not making easy passes.
"They had quality players up front and in midfield and we knew they were going to play the ball into their strikers and use their pace. And yes, we hit the post just before they scored, but before we had that chance they had made it difficult for us in our box a couple of times.
"After 3-0, we started to get on the ball and remain calm in possession. We created chances, but if you do that when you are two or three goals down, it’s a bit late isn’t it?
"You have to start these games well, winning the first ball and the second balls, and you have to be on the ball, in possession. We didn’t’ do that, as we have in previous games.
"The aggressiveness and the focus wasn’t there today. Sometimes it can happen. We played against a very good side – but we now have to look to the game on Saturday at home to Derby."
Brentford's impressive home record remained in tact and, although the Royals hit the woodwork twice and saw a header cleared off the line, the Bees ran out comfortable winners in the end after two goals in three minutes at the end of the first half swung the match heavily in the hosts' favour.
"Everybody knows what it takes in this league and what you have to bring to games to win them. You can't relax and think we’re going to do this on 80%. If we want to win a game, we need to give the full 100% and we need to be focused.
"You can’t win every game you play. It’s not possible in this league. Everybody can beat everybody in the Championship. We want to be very consistent in what we do and we have been for a good long time now.
"But sometimes it’s important to lose, although it’s difficult for any manager to say that. From games like this, maybe we can learn a lot. It’s not like we have to go back to square one all of a sudden, but from every game you want to learn.
"We had a good run going and we wanted to keep that up, so it’s a shame that unfortunately it didn’t’ happen for us tonight. It wasn’t good enough from us. They won it, and they deserved it."