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"A point, a clean sheet...but we wanted a win!"

11 February 2017

Royals boss on trying to break down teams who sit deep for a point

Royals boss Jaap Stam reflected on a second successive stalemate and a point at home to Barnsley in bitterly cold conditions at Madejski Stadium - a result he didn't agree was a representative reflection of his team's dominance.

"We were the team who needed to attack, we needed to create chances, while the opposition were sitting, dropping in deep, waiting for that moment they could get out on the break – and they were happy with the point," Stam said after only our second goalless draw of the season.

"We gave everything, we tried to play on a pitch that didn't make it easy, especially when the opposoition is making the spaces very tight and not allowing us to finds the gaps in between.

"Yet the chances were there and we could have scored – but we didn’t. On the break, you can’t prevent them from posing a threat a couple of times, that's normal. But I don’t think a draw was a fair result.

"At the end of the game, you can see they’re happy with the draw and we're disappointed with the result. We earned a point which is a good thing. And we didn’t concede a goal, that’s a good thing also. But when you play your home games, you want to win."

The Tykes changed their style to combat their hosts' preferred way of playing this afternoon and the manager said it could be seen as a compliment but also a frustration that we would have to adapt to as the season enters its final 15 games.

"If you look at their team and how they normally play against other opposition, they normally want to play football themselves, go forward, create chances by keeping possession themselves, play combination football.

"And today they came over here to sit, make the spaces small, make it as tight as they can and wait for a chance to counter attack.

"If you see teams change their style, defend their goal against the football we have been playing throughout the season – you could say it is a compliment they pay to the threat we pose.

"The opposition came here to get a point and they did it well. They defended well, we didn’t score the goal and we didn’t win.

"Did we deserve more? Maybe we had one or two more chances than them and we had more possession than them. You want to win games, but it doesn’t always happen. Now we look for a win on Tuesday."

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