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"We believe in what we can do and we showed it tonight!"

Jaap's reaction to a 3-1 home win against Nottingham Forest

31 October 2017

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Three goals, three points and a performance to be proud of. Royals boss Jaap Stam was pleased with a victory that was fully deserved this evening.

"We haven't been getting the results, but the players were still full of confidence. Confident that we could show our ability, confident in how we want to play, but we just couldn't seem to get that win. Tonight, it happened," he said.

"Not that it was easy. Forest are a very good team, they play good football - but the team worked very hard to get the result we all needed.

"The first goal is always nice - in the last couple of games we have gone behind and had to chase the game. Tonight, we scored the first goal and it makes it easier; it is better for the confidence, although you still need to be on your toes against a team of Nottingham Forest's ability.

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"But we deserved the first goal because we had a good start to the game. We pressed them high up the pitch and tried to be aggressive going forward.

"As soon as we got the ball we looked to go forward. We wanted to go forward against Middlesbrough as well on Saturday, but if they score first, sit in deep, hold back and create a big wall in front of you, it makes it difficult.

"So tonight it was good to score first because it opens up spaces, you can create more, we scored a second and a third. And it's a good win.

"We believe in what we can do and we showed it today."

Stand out performances there were, but the team's cohesive and wholehearted display was clear for all to see.

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"Vito was crucial in the second half, he made some very good saves. John Swift is fit again and has so much ability on the ball, he can go forward and score goals like he did today...he was very good. But there were others too, McShane and Liam Moore at the back did very well in blocking everything. It's nice that certain players stand out, but it's a team game."

And Stam knows full well how much every man is needed to win games - we have used 30 players so far this season with an injury list that has chopped and changed but rarely reduced all season. More juggling may be necessary for a trip to Pride Park this weekend.

"You're seeing the team of physios a lot more than you'd like this season," he was asked. "Yeah...more than my wife!" Stam replied.

"Certain players are still out for a couple of weeks, Liam Kelly came off with a hip injury on Saturday so we'll have to assess him ahead of the weekend. Joey took a bang to the head tonight, so we'll have to see what we can do with him against Derby. 

"And this is just one game. You want to keep the momentum going, stay in the flow of winning, but going to Derby is not going to be easy.

"They are a team in form and they will make it very difficult for us. But with a win, it's always easier to go away than it is after a loss."

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