“They have a great squad; a very good team with quality players,” said Reading manager Jaap Stam, ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ visit this Saturday – the league leaders are in Berkshire for a 3pm kick-off.
“There’s a very good spirit in their team, and if you keep on winning games then you get that feeling within the club that you can beat everybody, which is what they’ve got.
“It’s a very good achievement in what they have been doing until now. But of course we can do well. Facing a team like that is a big challenge for us to show what we can do and where we are, and make it difficult for them.
“Everybody knows what we can do; at the beginning of the season we were searching for the most ideal way of getting the results. So if teams underestimate us, it will be difficult. But I don’t think teams will be doing that because they are aware of the ability that we have.
“You always want to get points – you want to win your games and in a certain way, but we all know that the results are particularly important. With all these games in a short period, it is good to do well, stick together and work hard to get results.
It won’t be easy because we’re facing good teams and they’ll make it difficult for us, but we know that and we faced that last season as well. Hopefully in these coming weeks we can do well and win a lot of games.”
It isn’t just Wolves who are on a good run – the Royals recorded back-to-back wins against East Midlands pair Nottingham Forest and Derby ahead of the international break, and we restart with this fixture against the West Midlands outfit.
But having a bit of time away from competitive action has been welcome.
“There’s always the feeling after a couple of very good results that you want to keep on going, because the belief is there – not that it wasn’t before, because we know what we can do,” Jaap continued.
“But in these two weeks it was also important to get the players back into the squad and to have some extra choices in what we can do in games. In a way, it has been good that we had this time to assess the players who were left here.”
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