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Stam: “When you get the chance, you want to grab it!”

Manager previews season-closer at Wembley

26 May 2017

Our season comes to an end on Monday afternoon when the final whistle sounds at Wembley – for one team it’ll be elation, for the other it’ll be heartbreak.

It’s the culmination of a season’s worth of work.  Our boys have worked their socks off to get into this situation, and manager Jaap Stam wants the boys to grab the bull by the horns at Wembley and write their names into Reading folklore. 

“It’s a great achievement to end up in the top six and make it to the play-offs, but when you make it there it’s not a case of saying, ‘that’s good, that’s our season done’,” Stam said.  “Of course when you get the opportunity to do well and reach a final and get bigger success, you want to grab it and go for it! 

“That’s what the team did against Fulham, and that’s how we made it to the final against Huddersfield.  They’re another good team that we need to face, but again we want to go for it and have a result. 

“That’s part of the job.  Everybody looks forward to these games, and everybody plays football to get to a certain level – to try and win trophies or win promotion, and have the chance to show yourself to the world. 

“Everyone knows that the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world and there’s a lot of attention on it – it’s broadcast all over the world.  So if you can get there, it’s great for our players.” 


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