Jaap Stam is still not totally convinced by Newcastle United’s credentials this season.

After defeats in the opening two matches of this Championship campaign, a 4-1 defeat of Stam’s Reading team has kickstarted a four (so far…) game winning run, propelling Newcastle up to fourth in the league and into the third round of the EFL (League) Cup.

The 4-1 scoreline may have slightly flattered Newcastle at the time but after the match Jaap Stam was ridiculed when he claimed that it was actually Reading who deserved to win.

In a new interview, Stam was asked if Newcastle were the team that everybody had to try and beat. He repeated that he thought Newcastle didn’t play that well in that 4-1 win but has conceded that with 12 new players coming in, it was always going to take time.

Amusing that the Reading boss mentions three of the goals coming from set-pieces as though it was maybe a negative in the Newcastle performance, as if you speak to any NUFC fan they will tell you what a massive relief it is to now have a manager who realises that you are allowed to score these type of goals!

The lack of these type of goals that all clubs rely on, whether at the top or the bottom, was especially embarrassing when Pardew and Carver were in charge.

Maybe the most embarrassing moment of all coming when John Carver said that he hadn’t realised that (winger!) Sammy Ameobi could take corners, until one of the club scouts mentioned it!

Jaap Stap talking to Sky Bet and asked if they are the team to beat:

“When we played them…no I didn’t think that at that time they played particularly well.

“To be fair though, it is a great club – a beautiful club.

“They have brought a lot of new players in and so they need to get used to each other.

The Newcastle game when we lost 4-1 – the first 3 goals that we conceded were from set-pieces,

“If you look at the play possession wise, I think we did well against them.”