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Jaap looks forward to a big crowd at #Madejski500

Stam hopes for three points on landmark occasion for the club

20 December 2017

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Jaap Stam says Saturday's #Madejski500 fixture against Burton Albion should have a good atmosphere, with tickets selling fast for this landmark match.

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The manager says the players will feed off the atmosphere generated by even more Royals fans backing the boys at the weekend.

On the pitch, though, as ever he hopes to earn all three points against a Burton side hoping to escape the moniker of being in the Championship's bottom three at Christmas.

Stam says having plenty of fans in will be of benefit to the occasion as well, saying: “It’s always nice to be playing in a full house. I think everybody’s expecting what will hopefully be a good game as well, and that’s what we’re expecting as well.

“If you play against Burton, it’s a difficult team to beat, they’ve proven that in the past. Playing at home in front of a lot of fans, you want to show yourself as a team and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.

“Everybody’s looking for that home run where you can get the majority of points when you play at home, that’s what we’re trying to do as well.

“Sometimes you’re more successful than other times, but I think last season and this season sometimes you can say we needed to do better, everybody realises that.

“Everybody’s looking for that consistency playing at home. Hopefully we can do well on Saturday again and make a good start again and pick up points."

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With a hectic festive scehdule ahead, Burton's visit on Saturday being the first of five matches in the space of 15 days for the Royals, Stam says they'll be focussed on recovery and keeping the players fighting fit during this busy period.

“This week we had a couple of good days to put some training sessions in. We need to play on Boxing Day and again after that in a short period, but we’re used to that.

“We know what we can do in training, without doing a lot you can still make the training sessions very important in what you want to do as a team and how you want to play.

“That’s what we try to do in these weeks where we face a double programme of games in a short period."

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Stam also says several players are working their way back to fitness at the right time, ahead of one of the busiest periods of the season.

“A lot of players are coming back into the squad. They’ve been out for a long time with serious injuries, but they’re feeling better and joining in with certain parts of the training sessions in short periods.

“They’re feeling confident, they’re feeling well. Everybody’s really up for it to join in and hopefully start as well, which is a very good sign I think.

"Hopefully they can do well this week and we can make a choice on Friday who to take for the game.”

We're down to the final few tickets in the South Stand ahead of a large attendance on Saturday, grab them while you can for just £5 each!

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