Gaffer prepares for Wolves encounterEven though the Royals were beaten in each of their last two outings, manager Jaap Stam and his players are maintaining their calm and composed preparation to the forthcoming games in the same style.
That consistency of approach has been a theme of the season and has helped Reading climb into the play-off places.
“There needs to be disappointment when you lose a game,” Stam said. “It’s your work and your job… everyone wants to win, and that comes with the territory.
“But I don’t think by losing or having a bad result that the whole atmosphere of the club or people’s personalities should change. I don’t think that would be a good thing.
“We are working hard to do well and do certain things better, and hopefully to get a good result on Saturday.
“We’re playing top teams in the league, and we’re at a certain stage where we need to improve and do certain things better. If you play against the top teams and give opportunities away by making certain choices or mistakes, you get punished. That’s what happened in the last two games.
“That can tell you what you need to improve and what you need to do better. So it can be a good thing. It’s no good that you lose, but you need to know what you need to improve. Playing against some teams makes it clearer.
“We’ve been working on that and we pay a lot of attention to all the things that we want to do, and hopefully that works out in our game against Wolves.”
Wolves provide the next challenge on Saturday – and, as ever, a lot of work is going into ensuring the team are well versed on their opponents’ strengths and on what is required to get the right result.
“In the way we approach our opposition, we are very thorough in how we work,” he continued. “We look at several games that they have played and the games we’ve played against them before. We try and make it so there’s no surprise in what to expect, and so we know what to do.
“It is human to make a mistake in the game, as we did against Huddersfield and Brighton, things can go wrong and you’ll give the opportunities to the opposition and you can lose the game. That is what happened over the last couple of games.
“So it’s our own aspects that we need to improve; it’s all about working, talking, training and hopefully getting results by doing that.”
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