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“I lost the Champions League final with 3 goals in 6 minutes…”

15 February 2017

Manager reflects on the shifts in momentum against Brentford

Our Valentine’s Day win against Brentford was not one for the faint-hearted.

An end-to-end encounter was in Reading’s favour after John Swift slotted in a first-half opener.  But two goals in the space of four minutes by Jota and Lasse Vibe suddenly turned the game on its head in the visitors’ favour.

But the Royals showed they’re made of tougher stuff this season.  A triple substitution by the gaffer inspired another swing in momentum – and within a blink of an eye, the Royals had equalised through Danny Williams and struck a winner through Roy Beerens.

“I once lost the Champions League final with three goals in six minutes!” said manager Jaap Stam, reflecting on how quickly things can change out on the pitch.  “It can happen. 

“Why does it happen?  Sometimes it happens because there is disappointment when the opposition scores, so the organisation is not there and players may still be thinking about that first goal so they’re not as sharp as they need to be in certain situations.

“If the opposition does well, they can take advantage of that.  That’s what they did, and probably we as well.”

And now Royals have a week to enjoy the result, get their recovery in and prepare for the next challenge when we meet Huddersfield next weekend.

“They are very happy in what they achieved today,” he continued.  “Everybody knew that it would be difficult, and to be fair the boys are very tired as well.  They worked very hard.

“The game at the weekend against Barnsley wasn’t an easy one even though we could only get a draw.  And you can see throughout the whole season and the workrate they put in throughout every game, it is tough.

“But we’ve got a couple of extra days now because we’re not playing at the weekend.  So players need to take some rest.”

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