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Stam 'frustrated' by our failure to finish chances

Jaap reacts to only our third home defeat during his reign as Royals boss

9 September 2017

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Reading manager Jaap Stam is thankfully unaccustomed to reflecting on Madejski Stadium defeats - but Bristol City's late winner inflicted our first home loss since January!

"Very frustrating," he began. "We were facing an opposition who wanted to make it difficult for us, by going forward, being aggressive and pressing high up the pitch to prevent us from playing and they didn't let us get into our comfort zone so at times we had difficulties in getting control of the game.

"But overall, in the amount of oportunities we created to score, I think we should have won this game - which we didn't! And that's what makes it frustrating. 

"We had plenty of opportunities. But it's all about scoring. It's a cliche, but so many times you see games where a team has lots of chances but doesn't finish them off and then the opposition eventually scores and that's it. 

"In having possesison, creating good opportunities, we played well. But you need to score...and we didn't."

Perhaps the game could have swung on a decision to only show a yellow card to Nathan Baker after he scythed down Mo Barrow as he burst clean through on goal before half-time. "From my point of view it was a red card," Stam said.

"He was through. And if he wasn't being fouled, he could have gone in one on one with the goalkeeper and he could have scored.

"I don't know how it looked from the stands, but it looked like a red card to me. But it's not up to me, and the referee has to make a decision quickly so it's not easy for him as well. But you've seen the pace Mo has, no-one would have tracked him."

And as Frank Fielding made a few sharp stops and the Royals missed a flurry of second half chances, the longer the game remained goalless, the longer the result remained in doubt.

"It is very hard not to give anything away against opposition with quality. They had one big chance in the first half and one good opportunity second half and then they were a threat from set pieces and that final chance, a ball falls in between from a set piece and they score from it - so maybe three chances in total!

"So it feels harsh that we lost, and it's not nice - especially at home. We created the chances, but we need to work on tapping them in. Because it's about scoring goals and we didn't do that.

"We could have played a bit better, but with what we did it should have been enough to win the match. However, if you don't finish your chances you don't get the three points. And everyone in the dressing room is disappointed."

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