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Jaap Stam: "It Was A Fantastic Result."

He was fuming on Tuesday night but the Reading boss was understandably pretty happy with the result at Blackburn.

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We all love a late winner, especially in the lead up to Christmas to keep us third over the festive period. Three points returned to Berkshire in an eventful afternoon.

The Royals took the lead in the first half through Dominic Samuel, before Blackburn equalised just before the break. Liam Moore made it two, before Blackburn again made it even. George Evans turned into the hero scoring a last minute winner to secure all three points.

After saying that our defeat against Leeds was one of our best performances this season, Jaap Stam was delighted with the win, he told the Official Club website:

"It was a fantastic result.

"We started the game well, earned ourselves time on the ball to play, maybe didn't make all the right decisions but we took the lead with that one goal from Dom.

"We wanted to keep possession, keep passing it and go for a second one. But instead, we got sloppy, lost the ball a little bit too quickly when we were high up the pitch and they grew in confidence.

"They got the ball forward into the box a lot... into their strikers, and with the physique they had up front, they could be dangerous with the headers they were winning or with the runners from midfield.

"They tried to work us with those strong players, getting crosses into the box and winning headers and they caused us problems - both their goals were from headers in fact.

"We are not the type of team who plays that sort of football, but we have to deal with it and defend those situations better. Because, in any game, if the opposition get the equaliser they get the momentum. And they did it twice!

"So it was important that we stayed calm, kept control, used the space we were getting and kept going forward. And we controlled the game a bit more in the second half.

"Of course we were very happy at the end with the goal George scored. During the game, you want it to be a bit easier and there was a lot of tension on the touchline. But it was great to get the win."

The Royals go into Christmas sat very nicely in third place and face out of form Norwich on Boxing Day, before Fulham (eek!) visit on the 30th. Fingers crossed that 2016 can end of a high.

Stam added:

"Hopefully Christmas gives us some presents as well. It's nice to be up there and of course we want to stay up there as long as we can. But it's not going to be easy.

"We are not a team who think before the games that we are going to win every game. It's a tough league and we know we have to be at the full 100% to get results. But it's always nice to win away."