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Jaap Stam Offers No Excuses For Brentford Defeat

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Typically straight talking post-match comments from the Reading manager after he watched his side beaten 4-1 at Brentford.

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It was a bad day at the office for Reading in West London and while some fans have justified the defeat on the basis of injuries, suspensions, bad luck or incorrect positioning of the moon in relation to Mars, for Jaap Stam, there's no excuses.

He told Get Reading...

'It was disappointing. We knew we were facing a very good side and when you play these games you need to start very well, you need to be aggressive in what you do, fighting for the first and second balls.

And on the ball you need to be good as well - but we didn't do those things as well as we have done in previous games.

And against a side like Brentford, with the players they have, they will make things very difficult for you.  Some of the players were tired - but that's not an excuse.

Everyone knows what you have to bring in this league - there is no chance to relax or to do things on 80 per cent. If we want to win a game we have to give 100 per cent and be focused. But I think we weren't at the same level as previous games and sometimes that can happen, I've been there myself.

It's a shame because we had a good run and wanted to keep it up - but unfortunately that didn't happen.'

As well as confirming Danny Williams missed the game due to an ankle injury, Stam admitted to the club's website that the team didn't always make the best decisions when on the ball.

'On the ball as well we were very eager to play the ball long and up to our strikers and we spoke about doing that before the game but sometimes there was a lot of space at the back to keep the ball and pass the ball through. After the third goal we started to play a bit more football and create more chances, yes they dropped deeper at 3-0 up but if you keep your composure and keep calm then you have chances as well, that's what happened after their third.

Nevertheless a very disappointing evening.'

Next up it's Derby at the Madejski where we'll see some familiar faces in Nick Blackman, Alex Pearce and Matej Vydra all return to their old stomping ground.