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Stam prepared for battle with Blues

31 January 2017

Royals boss on Tuesday's trip to St Andrew's...

Reading manager Jaap Stam says the Royals will be looking closely at their own game before their Tuesday evening meeting with Birmingham City in the midlands, as his Reading team look to make it three wins on the trot.

After a hard fought win at home over Cardiff City on Saturday the gaffer is expecting an equally difficult task when Reading make the trip to St Andrew's, despite the Blues' poor form in recent weeks.

“We need to look at ourselves and that’s what we always do,” insisted the manager. “We will be looking at what we want to achieve because we know that Birmingham have got a good side.

“We don’t need to think about Birmingham and about their form and what they’ve been doing in the last couple of games.”

Earlier in the season the two teams shared the spoils when Birmingham made the visit to Berkshire in a closely contested game at Madejski Stadium.

The manager is expecting a Birmingham side determined to get a result on Tuesday, but believes in the strength in depth of his squad, with a couple of players picking up injuries during Saturday’s victory over the Bluebirds 

“When we played them at home we got a 0-0 draw so we know they’ve got good quality players who are very committed during the game,” commented Stam.

“They will be desperate to do well, and they’ll be looking to beat every team they face. When they play us on Tuesday they’ll want to beat us, but hopefully we can go over there and get a result.

“Within the league everybody know the amount of games we need to play,” Jaap continued. “We need to have a big squad because if somebody comes out due to injury or whatever, somebody else needs to be ready to step in and do the job. It gives somebody else the chance to fill those positions.”

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