Date: 3rd January 2017 at 12:18pm
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Manager Jaap Stam has spoken of his delight at seeing Reading take victory over Bristol City yesterday.

Travelling to Ashton Gate for Monday’s game Reading had to fight back from being two goals down with Tammy Abraham scoring in the 27th and 47th minute – the second from the penalty spot – but instead of heads dropping Reading kept plugging away and Liam Kelly got the goal back on 72 before Yann Kermorgant added a brace of goals in the 86h and then 93rd minute.

Ultimately we travelled home with a three two victory and Stam couldn’t have been more pleased.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, the gaffer couldn’t have been more delighted with the efforts of the players.

‘I’m very proud of the team and of what they’ve done. We conceded the first goal because we didn’t do well in the build up. Then, right at the start of the second half, we concede that second goal. But the spirit we have in this team…we always keep on going. The self-belief we have in the side means we believe we can get a result against every team.’

The gaffer went on to say.

‘It’s a great win and it’s a big compliment to the team because they stuck to the plan when, so often, you see teams get impatient when they are trying to come from behind…taking risks and playing balls they normally wouldn’t. But our team didn’t do that, they played it very well, the subs came on and did well and it paid off with three points. We’re very pleased with that.’

With mistakes giving the hosts advantage in the game clearly there’s improvements to be made and lessons that can be learned, but as he met with the media his focus was on the positives that could be taken.

‘We dominated the opposition and it gave us confidence. You hear people say that possession is not good enough sometimes – but if you have quality on the ball and your passing is good, you make your runs at the right time, the opposition gets tired, you get chances and eventually – if you do it well – you score goals. In the first half, we dominated possession but we were sometimes careless on the ball, gave it away too easily and they broke on the counter attack. They had quality in midfield to press at the right time, they had quality up front with Abraham who makes his runs and is a threat in one v ones on the ball.’

He went on to explain that City hitting quickly was something they spoke about ahead of the game but they did it well and we couldn’t stop them, so it was about stepping up and reacting.

‘We spoke about that this morning in our meeting, but still it happened. And we needed to step it up. That’s what we were looking to do at the start of the second half, but immediately after the whistle you concede the second goal. We’d had two great chances in the first half as well – Danny Williams could have got one and Yann hit the crossbar. So we knew we just needed to play our game better. We needed to stick to the plan in the movement we were making up front and in midfield with quality passes, quick play – that that’s what they did in the second half…right to the end of the game. And it paid off.’

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