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Stam: “We’re in a good position, we want to stay there”

4 February 2017

The gaffer looks ahead to this afternoon's meeting at Portman Road...

Reading manager Jaap Stam wants the Royals to continue their positive run of results when they travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday, with the gaffer determined for his team to maintain their current position in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Stam knows Saturday’s test will not be easy at Portman Road, especially after the meeting between the two clubs at Madejski Stadium, when Mick McCarthy’s Tractor Boys made it difficult for the Royals to get the points.

“We’re in a good position and of course we want to stay there,” said the Reading manager. “But it means you need to work very hard and try to get three points every game.

“Every game is going to be hard.  All the opposition have teams that want to collect points to stay safe, to do well, or to go high in the table.

“They know as well that they were able to make it difficult for us in our home game over here,” Stam continued. “You never know what their intentions are when they start the game.“

After Wednesday night’s win in Birmingham, Jaap says the Royals were quick to turn their attentions to Saturday’s fixture, making sure they have prepared properly for another important away trip.

Despite Ipswich’s league position and run of recent form, Stam is still expecting a tough afternoon in Suffolk, especially with the home side looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat at home in midweek.

“We’ve spoken to the team about the game against Birmingham and from Thursday we talked about Ipswich,” said the gaffer. “We set about trying to make a plan to get a result over there.

“We are prepared and we know how they play. They have quality and we’ll have to work very hard to get the result.

“Everybody wants to get results,” continued the Dutchman. “Even if you’re in the middle of the table, you want to win your games.  Players play for their own pride, and teams want to do as well as they can against every opposition.

“We want to win every game – so even if we play away games, we want success and to get results.  Certain teams will play a different type of football away from home – we always try to play the same type of football.”

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