The gaffer looks ahead to Saturday's meeting with the Tykes...Reading manager Jaap Stam is hoping his Reading team can produce a strong performance come Saturday when they face an in-form Barnsley outfit at Madejski Stadium.
The Tykes have picked up some notable wins in recent weeks as they look to close the gap between themselves and the top six - a fact the gaffer is well aware of.
“They are a good side that are on a decent run as well,” said the manager. “They are a tough team and have good quality within that team. They also have a certain physicality and pace which means it isn’t going to be easy.
“They are on a good run and are aiming for that top six. We’re up there too so we want to maintain that position, but it is not going to be easy, basically every team in the league is going to make it as difficult as they can for us.”
The Dutchman is hoping his side can show their mental strength as well as their quality on Saturday as they look to overcome their 9th placed opposition, something they have shown in recent games both at home and on the road.
“We play at home we want to show our best and hopefully win this game,” said Stam. “The game at Oakwell wasn’t the first time we’ve shown the resilience and quality of the team. We’ve shown it a few times now with the mentality that we have within the squad.
“Although they lost a few players in January with quality, they still have a very good side,” the gaffer continued. “The other players that have been filling in those position have been doing very well. We need to be aware of their threats and we are aware of them, so we will be giving it our best shot.
“We are and will be working very hard to get a result and to be mentally strong so we don’t give anything away.”