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“It was important to get something… but we wanted more!”

Gaffer analyses stalemate at the City Ground

20 February 2018

“We played very well in the first half, and when you play like that you create a couple of very good opportunities to score,” Jaap Stam said as he reflected on the Royals’ score draw at Nottingham Forest.

“We got one, which is good, but we could have scored more.  It’s not always easy to get the ball in the net because the opposition is fighting hard for it as well.

“In the second half you want to keep on going, but you know that they’re going to be pressing higher up the pitch and being a bit more aggressive. 

“We didn’t quite have as much movement in the second half as we did in the first, which sometimes made it a bit easier for them to press us.  And it was tough to get out at times, and they had opportunities and we had to work hard.

“The team worked hard for it, and they tried to do their best – as they always do!  You want to cling onto that 1-0 to get the three points, but we know that we’re playing against a good side and that it’s not always easy to do that.

“It was important to get something out of the game, but we wanted more!”

It was Omar Richards’ first goal in senior football that put Reading ahead, before Lee Tomlin’s late leveller – and the gaffer was pleased for the defender on breaking his duck.

“Omar is a good player,” Jaap continued.  “He is very comfortable on the ball, he goes forward, he has pace – and he can score a goal as well, as you’ve seen!

“Sometimes as a left-back you need to go forward so you’re there to finish it.  That’s what he’s done, and that’s good for him and the team as well.”


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