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Stam | "We just weren't good enough"

12 January 2017

Jaap on how we failed to break down a stubborn QPR side

Our second home defeat of the season came courtesy of Jamie Mackie's first half winner and Royals boss Jaap Stam was as disappointed as anyone after watching Ian Holloway's men frsustrate his side at Madejski Stadium.

“It is disappointing. Everybody wants to win games, the fans, myself, the players, we all want to do well. So the players were very, very disappointed after the game.

“We played against a side who defended very well. And when they came out on the counter attack, they were waiting for those moments.

“First half, we lost the ball and they score that goal. Then they sit even deeper and it’s difficult.

“We needed to do it right, we needed to be patient and make the right choices on the ball - the first touches need to be good, the passing needs to be good and in creating chances you need to be good.

“We didn’t do that first half, we did it a little bit better in the second half and forced them back even further.

“But we still needed to be aware of them on the counter attack, because they broke out a couple of times and they were a threat in the box.

“We had a lot of possession, but it’s not about possession, it’s about scoring goals and getting the result we all want.

“We still got a couple of chances with Yann Kermorgant, but we just couldn’t finish them off. It was one of those days.

“We worked hard, but on the day we just weren’t good enough to hurt them and win this game.”

Asked if this was an opportunity missed to close in on the top two in the division, the Royals boss reminded the media of our expectations at the club following two tough, tough campaigns at Madejski Stadium.

“We need to be realistic. It’s not like we’re thinking we’re playing QPR at home so it’s going to be an easy win.

“We’re not there yet. We can’t say we want to win this league or we can easily end up in the first six in the division.

“We’re trying to work on something over here and eventually we want to get towards going to the Premier League.

“But you can’t expect a team within six months to be contenders for a top two spot in the Championship or even a play-off place if you compare it to where the club finished in the last couple of seasons.

“Of course, if there is a chance, we want to take it. But we need to be realistic.

“We all need to support each other, help each other. That has been our main strength up until now – working as a team, as a group, knowing what we can do if everyone is sharp and focussed. And that’s what we’ll keep on doing.”

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