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Stam: ‘Everyone needs to reach their level’

Gaffer on meeting the league leaders

2 March 2018

Having fared well last weekend against a promotion-chasing side in Derby County, the Royals now face another tough test at Molineux in front of the live Sky Sports cameras at 5.30pm.

Pitting their wits against table-topping Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stam’s side understandably enter the test as underdogs, but the manager insists that his team are more than capable of putting in a good performance.  But he knows every single player will have to be on their game.

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Ahead of the contest, Stam spoke of importance of the whole team stepping up to the challenge: “In games you need to perform and you need to step up – that applies to everybody.

“It’s not as though eight players have to step-up and the other three can do a lot less.  All eleven on the pitch need to reach their levels to get wins.

“Wolves are a very good side who are experienced and have both quality and ability.  We’ve seen already, when they played over here, what they can do and also a bit of what we can do.

“It’s not going to be easy. Against them at the Madejski, we did well although we lost.

“In terms of their first goal in that game, we gave it them to easily, but we also created a lot of opportunities over here and just couldn’t score ourselves.

“Hopefully we can do that again over there on Saturday, but everybody knows that it is not going to be easy.”

Potential returns of several key players could also see the side be given a boost going into the fixture.

Stam explained: “After what I’ve seen of Garath McCleary, I don’t think he will be back.  But John Swift is a possibility, and we need to wait as well to see about Mo Barrow. Sone Aluko was out of the squad due to illness, but could potentially return.”


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