Reading Manager – Newcastle A Beautiful Club – A Great Club

Reading manager Jaap Stam was quite pleased with the way his team played at Newcastle in mid-August and of course that was a very important game for us after we had lost the two previous games at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield – both were big surprises.

So we came out of the home game against Reading with a good 4-1 win with two goals from striker Dwight Gayle, who is likely to start for Newcastle at Derby County on Saturday afternoon in the late kick-off game.

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Rafa Benitez and Jaap Stam on August 17th

We remember after the game Stam wasn’t particularly impressed with Newcastle and he didn’t like the way his team conceded goals from set pieces.

Jaap has been talking to Sky Bet and he thinks the game was by no means a 4-1 game.

This is what he said when asked if Newcastle were the best team in the Championship this season:

“Well, when we played them, no I didn’t think at that time they played particularly well.”

“But to be fair, it is a great club, a beautiful club, they’ve brought a lot of new players in so they need to get used to each other as well.”

“The Newcastle game we lost 4-1, but the first 3 goals that we conceded were from set pieces.”

“If you look at the play on the field in possession wise I think we have done well against them.”

In that game the lads were short of confidence but it’s always amazing what wins can do for a team – and that win was the first of four in a row that we managed before the International break.

After Reading we then beat Bristol City away, Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup second round tie at home and then Brighton at home.

In those games we kept three clean sheets and scored five goals so we were getting on track a little bit.

Now we have to win our next two games – both away – at Derby and then at QPR.

We have seven games coming up by October 1st and it would be good to get as many wins as possible including getting through to the 4th round of the EFL Cup by beating Wolves at home.

We want to win as many games as possible and then we’ll see where we are after the game at Rotherham on Saturday October 1st – when the next two week International break starts.

Here’s the tough schedule coming up.

Sat 10	17:30	A   Derby County				
Tue 13	19:45	A   QPR				
Sat 17	15:00	H   Wolves
Tue 20  17:45   H   Wolves - EFL Cup 3rd round			
Sat 24	17:30	A   Aston Villa			
Wed 28	19:45	H   Norwich City				
Sat 01	15:00	A   Rotherham

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Jib

    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    He sounds like Sissoko describing Arsenal

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Again it is you that isn’t grasping what has been said. Stick to links will you, it’s all your good for.

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail, why can’t you just be happy for once and forget about the past.

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Just a thought like.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Why can’t
    you ever post anything meaningful. Just a thought.


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