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"A good evening...but we can do better!"

Royals boss reflects on a very comfortable home win over Barnsley

28 November 2017

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After a comprehensive home win against Barnsley, Royals boss Jaap Stam was pleased with three points, three goals and a clean sheet - but was still looking for improvement in the performance.

"We deserved the win," he began. "We played good football, created chances, scored three goals, kept a clean overall a very good evening.

"But we're always very critical of our performance, always looking to details we can be better at, how we can improve. 

"Looking at the game, I think we could have done better. Perhaps some of the players weren't as fresh as they could be after Saturday's game, but in my opinion - and the team are of the same opinion - I think we can show a lot more.

"We had a lot of the ball and we were a threat throughout, and we scored two good goals in the first half.

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"Joey tries those shots a lot in training and quite often he comes very close; we always say to the midfielders that, if they have that space in front of them, they should drive forward and take a shot - just do it!

"Joey's got the ability to do that, as he showed tonight. At first he was looking for a pass to get someone else in, but when you get so close you take your own initiative and have a shot yourself. And it was a great goal for him and important for us to get the second goal as well.

"Then at half-time they made three substitutions, played with two strikers up front and played a bit more direct - and of course there is always that threat then if they get forward.

"And there were a couple of situations in the box, but we did very well in defending the lead, we put a lot of energy into it and worked very hard. So that is very positive. And a clean sheet, scoring three goals...we are happy of course.

"But we raise the bar ourselves, set certain standards for ourselves - and only by doing that do you improve and pick up more good results."

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