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Jaap Stam's Take On Reading FC's Win Over Blackburn Rovers

The manager thinks Reading were sloppy at times and made things difficult for themselves.

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The talk on Saturday evening after our victory against Leeds was that we have to follow it up with a win against Blackburn Rovers.

It is a very Reading thing to do well against a high-flying team, and not so well against a team that is struggling. Well, the Royals really showed the side they are becoming with a 3-1 victory against Rovers, making this the 14th home win of the season and taking us up to third in the Championship.

Super Yann Kermorgant scored with his head twice before Blackburn scored to make things a bit more interesting. Well, only for about a minute or so before Garath McCleary scored the Royals' third.

Jaap Stam admitted we didn't make things easy for ourselves, especially in the second half. He told the Official Club Website:

"We started the game well, very confident, we kept possession and we scored two good goals.

"Sometimes though, we took it too easy in going forward; there were moments when we had it at the back and took too long in the build up and we could have gone forward a lot quicker especially when they pressed us high and left space in between.

"But when you go 2-0 up in half an hour, it gives you a good feeling. And it can give the team a feeling of 'OK, it's 2-0, maybe we can take it easy and score a third now.' But you don't want to give the opposition any sort of feeling that they can get chances to get a goal back.

"In every game you play, you need to focus for 95 minutes, even when you're 2-0 up you need to be very sharp in going forward, in keeping that ball, in being aggressive defensively. And after half an hour, at 2-0 up, we got sloppy, gave them opportunities to come out on the break, gave them confidence and that focus slipped away a little bit.

"Everybody knew they needed their points as well, they needed to go for it! And that's what they did. Especially in the first 20 minutes after the break, they gave us a really hard time, they changed their system, we couldn't control the game any more, they had the ball, they were winning a lot of the second balls too.

"After that we picked it up again, but they scored their goal. At that stage, you're waiting to see what's going to happen next. Is the team going to respond? And we did.

"We went forward and luckily scored that third one with McCleary, which made it a lot easier thankfully. And after that we had three very, very good chances to score more goals.

"It wasn't an easy game and the second half was difficult. So i'm not really happy in how we played in the second half, but I'm very happy with the result."

The Royals now sit third, but Huddersfield play this evening. With defeats for Leeds and Fulham on Tuesday night, it is important to extend the gap, starting with victory against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon at Carrow Road.