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Reading boss gives perfect scenario for catching Newcastle

4 years ago

Jaap Stam has seen his Reading team win five of their last six matches to put them third in the table.

They have now moved to within six points of Newcastle United with three games remaining.

Their run of form has seen them beat Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa – but just to sum up the craziness of this division, their one defeat in this past six matches was a 7-1 hammering at Norwich.

In the mood of who knows what could happen in this run-in, Jaap Stam says that he doesn’t ‘need to look at Newcastle’ and that Reading just need to concentrate on their last three games (Forest away, Wigan at home and Burton away) and then ‘see where we can end up’.

Jaap Stam talks of a scenario whereby Newcastle lose all their games and Reading win their three.

Newcastle have managed to pick up only one point from their last three matches so no wonder other clubs might be daring to dream. Newcastle’s goal difference means that just one win would rule out Reading overtaking them and five points from the last three NUFC games needed to ensure Huddersfield couldn’t manage it even with four wins out of four.

To be conceding daft goals and struggling to score at the other end are bad habits for Newcastle to have picked up at this stage of the season.

Much like Reading, Newcastle just need to concentrate on doing their job on Monday night against Preston, rather than having to once again look to rely on the two chasers dropping points to push us over the line.

Jaap Stam:

“It’s not going to be easy, we don’t need to look at Newcastle.

“You can say if everything goes right for us and we win our games and they lose their games then we can still catch them in the table.

“But for us we still need to work hard and try to win our next game at Nottingham Forest

“It’s going to be a very tough match because they need a result.

“And after that we have Wigan who are basically in the same situation (as Rotherham) so it’s not going to be an easy one.

“Those are the games we need to focus on and then after we have played them we can see where we can end up.

“Some people ask me about whether we want to end up third or fourth in the table but we’re not there yet.

“We need to be very happy if we can end up in the top six.

“You can say it’s better to play first away and then at home but it’s already a great achievement from the team.

“If we finish in the top six the players will have done a hell of a job.

“Then we’ll look at the two games and hopefully get to the final. But first we need to end up in the top six so we’re not thinking about the final yet.”


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