Stam on finishing a good season on a high...Ahead of the Royals’ last home game of the regular Championship season on Saturday, Reading boss Jaap Stam reflected on a campaign that he feels has gone very quickly as the Royals have chased a top six place.
In the Dutchman’s first season in charge at Madejski Stadium, Reading have enjoyed a season that few predicted back in August and it’s been an experience that Stam has relished thus far.
“The season has flown by,” admitted Stam. “I remember speaking with the family at about the beginning of the season and now we are almost at the end!
“It’s gone very quickly, I think mainly because of the amount of games because you keep on playing, which doesn’t leave you much of an opportunity to do other things - but it’s been good.”
Since taking the reins at the club in the summer, the Reading manager says he has seen real improvements throughout the squad in a number of aspects as the season has progressed, and pointed out the team need to keep their focus to try and finish the campaign on a high.
In a season that has seen many more highs than lows for the Royals, Stam wants to make sure this weekend’s meeting with Wigan is one the team do not take lightly, with Saturday’s visitors desperate for three points to try and avoid the drop.
“We’re still not at the end of the season yet and we need to make sure we work hard for these last couple of games,” said the manager.
“Starting at a new club at the beginning of the season, new players come in, and the players that are here already looking and saying how is it going to be this season and what are we going to be doing.
“As the season has progressed I’ve seen a certain development within the team and the players in how they are working and in their mentality as well. We’ve got results and are doing very well; we’ve had the odd defeat of course which we don’t like but that is all part of the development.
“We need to work on that and try and prevent these things,” Jaap continued. “That comes with the territory. There have been some ups and downs but more ups which is a good thing so we want to end the season well.
“We play Wigan at home knowing they are in a difficult position, it’s maybe their last chance to stay in the league, so we are aware of that and want to do well in this game.”