Jaap looks ahead to a difficult trip to face the Rams...Reading boss Jaap Stam is looking for his side to bounce back on Saturday when they make a difficult trip to Pride Park to face Steve McClaren’s top six chasing Derby.
Jaap knows it will be a tough game and is aware of the qualities that Derby have in their armoury, but is confident his side can deliver a positive result after a frustrating night against QPR last Thursday.
“We know about Derby and how they can play,” said Stam. “They have a good squad and a lot of quality players within it. They are always investing in new players too, and improving that squad and making it bigger. Going over there and getting a result is what we’re wanting to do and going to be trying to do, but it’s not going to be easy.
“They will be wanting to win their games and try and end up in the top six,” continued the manager. “But we’ve faced other teams with that intention, we’re aware of it and we’ll be focussing on our own game.
“You always want to bounce back well and win games, certain details need to be improved and we’re working on that so hopefully we can show that on Saturday.”
The gaffer revealed that the squad sat down as a whole in the week leading up to the trip to Pride Park to talk about the upcoming clash and the team’s approach for the rest of the campaign.
The manager was pleased with a positive conversation amongst the squad and is expecting a good response from his team from now until the end of the season.
“We’ve spoken about the Derby game as a squad,” said the manager. “We’ve also sat down and spoken about going towards the end of the season, what we can do, what we want to do, and what we need to do to keep this level of performance up.
“Everyone is aware it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be difficult, the amount of games and the teams who are in the running to win the league or to go into the top six, and the qualities that these teams have. We are looking forward to it and everyone is willing to work very hard to end this season well.
“You look at the game against QPR,” he continued. “We wanted to have more from it, but we didn’t get it so you have to then turn your attention to the next game. We’ve had just over a week in between these two games.
“We know what they can do and the players they have, but we are focussing on our own game and trying to improve week-in week-out to get results.”