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Jaap aiming to retain momentum going into Robins clash

Gaffer previews Bristol City meeting

8 September 2017

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The Royals hit a high-note for the season last time out against Birmingham, with a comprehensive 2-0 win on the road in which the margin could have been justifiably wider.

Back in action on Saturday after a fortnight away from competitive action, manager Jaap Stam believes that Reading can take up that form when Bristol City visit on Saturday.

“If you had good game, you want to continue and stay in that momentum,” he said.

“We feel confident and we know what we can do and how we can play. Bristol City are a good team who are doing well; it won’t be easy but if we keep doing what we need to, we can make it difficult for everybody.

“Hopefully in front of our fans in our own stadium, we can keep doing well.”

Royals head into Saturday's game off the back of a strong away win against Birmingham City a fortnight ago.

The Royals took six points from the Robins last season; dramatic wins home and away. But that has little bearing on this year’s meeting, according to the gaffer.

“Last season was last season – there’s no guarantees anymore and they will want to make it difficult for everybody,” he continued.

“They have a good team – they made some changes as well, they can play some good football and have a lot of ability within that squad. We really need to work hard to get a result against them.

“How we did against them last season doesn’t count anymore. We need to start from scratch again.”

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