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The Wrap-Up: Reading 2-1 Villa – Bruce/Stam full reaction

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The Wrap-Up: Reading 2-1 Villa – Bruce/Stam full reaction

Check out the post-match comments from a host of key figures, home and away.

They can be read in full below.

Jaap Stam

On the overall game…

The players worked very, very hard.  

We had a lot of possession and created a lot of opportunities to score.

We scored two great goals and could have scored a lot more – and maybe should have done as well.  

And in doing that we didn’t give a lot of opportunities away.  

There was one incident in the first few minutes when we lost the ball and they went through, and Vito Mannone was very important in making that save.

But overall in the game, we deserved to win it in how we played and with the amount of opportunities that was made.

On Villa pushing for a leveller…

Towards the end you always know that the opposition need to do something.  

And with the quality that they have, it is logical that our players will get tired as well and give bigger spaces away than in the beginning of the game.

When they played balls into the box with the physique that they have, they can make it difficult for us.  

But all in all, we are very happy with the result and how we played.

On the importance of three points…

We needed the three points – it wasn’t going to be easy against a big club like Villa, but in how we played, we deserved it.

Everybody wants to win every game.  

We could and should have won last weekend as well, but we didn’t.  

This game was very important for us and the belief of the team and the players, to get the win.  

In the way that we played, we fully deserved it.

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On the fight…

The response to going 2-0 down was the key for me.

Are they going to collapse and fold? Or are they going to try and find something?

To be fair, even though we eventually lost, we found something and nearly rescued the game.

On goals…

If we’re being critical, we keep missing gilt-edged chances.

That’s now – in all three games of the season – we have missed about seven chances and haven’t taken them.

We know how important it is to score first in football to give you that confidence and belief. 

Unfortunately it hasn’t happened.

On the way forward…

We have had a bad week but we now have to get ready for Saturday.

We need to batten down the hatches and stick our chests out and face the challenge head on.

We want to a response and we want to get up and running on Saturday. 

Let’s keep working hard.

On being successful…

Given time, I will turn this club around and we will get to where we want to get to.

I have done it at every club we have been at – in the Championship especially.

I am the right person to do it. 

You have to take the criticism – that’s what I am paid for. 

I will come out fighting like I always do.

On Norwich…

It’s going to be billed as a big game and it is a big game.

We’re Aston Villa so they are big games. 

We have to try and bring a bit of belief back.

I still think there are glimpses that we aren’t a million miles away – we need to score!

On striking help…

We need to look at what we have at the top end of the pitch.

Without Jonathan Kodjia at the moment, we are a bit toothless. I have to say that.

We have to try and address that if we can.

There won’t be millions spent. I have told supporters that.

I will try my best of what we can to try and bring something in that will help us – especially at the top end of the pitch. 



AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 16th August 2017