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Stam On Harsh Millwall Defeat

The Reading boss certainly didn’t feel his club deserved to walk away from London empty handed.

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After Saturdays performance, it was important to pick up a win at Millwall on Tuesday evening, but things didn’t go to plan.

The Royals took the lead in the second half through Dave Edwards, but two late goals after poor defending for Millwall meant all three points stayed at The New Den. Reading currently sit in 19th, just three points ahead of Sunderland in 22nd. Time to start picking up some wins.

Jaap Stam was disappointed after the game after again dominating possession, but I don’t think his comments upset too many fans after the game, he told the official club website.

“It’s very frustrating. You know when you come over here it’s not going to be an easy game.

“They put the ball forward quickly, a lot of balls into the box and a lot of battles on the pitch, aerial battles, balls in behind, so you know you need to dig in deep.

“We were prepared for that. And we did quite well in the first half although we could have had more control off the ball... but against teams like this it’s difficult.

“Then in the second half, they tried to press us again, but we got more time of the ball as they got tired, more time to go forward and be a threat and more spaces opened up. And we scored the goal from a set piece.

“Then, we’re looking at scoring a second goal - but when they have set pieces, you know it can be difficult, and they scored the equaliser from the corner. You always need to be aware of their physicality - that’s their strength, that’s what they tried to do, and it worked for them in the end.

“Then, another ball in the box, it falls to their player on the edge of the box, it takes a deflection and the ball is in the back of the net. And you’ve lost the game.

“It’s very harsh and everybody’s very frustrated.”

We had a good shout for a penalty late on when Dave Edwards was tripped inside the penalty area, but it was waved away by referee Andrew Madley. Stam added,

“They didn’t have many chances, but the two they got they scored with them. And at the end it was a penalty; Dave was first to the ball, he tapped it away from the defender, and the defender went into Dave. Even in extra time, you can still give a penalty for that.

“At certain times we’re giving opportunity to the opposition. But not many. And yet still the opposition still seem to score one or two at the moment.

“We need to stay calm, believe in ourselves and the results will come. The confidence is there.

“They’ve got three points and we’ve got nothing. As you say, it can be a cruel game.

“Now we go back home and look for that win against Norwich on Saturday.”