Reading manager Jaap Stam has declared that he is happy with what he believes was a ‘big point’ earned by his side from their goalless draw with Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship at The KCOM Stadium.
The two out of form sides had chances to win the match however great saves from both Allan McGregor and Vito Mannone kept the scores deadlocked at 0-0.
Speaking to The72 after the match, Stam admitted that he was pleased with the result.
“It was a big point for us” said the Dutchman. “Sometimes it’s not always easy to win games, we’ve faced a good team and a big club and we knew beforehand that it would not be easy.
“Sometimes you need to go back to basics, you need to defend and you need to fight for the clean sheet and hopefully build from there.
“We needed to at least get a point.”
Reading have netted just once in five matches away from The Madejski Stadium and Stam believes that his team just need to keep plugging away.
“We need to keep putting in shots on goal” said Stam. “it’s not that easy because you are playing against an opponent which is playing well and working very hard.
You need to show your quality at times and it’s all about self-confidence from the players.
“When it’s not going well, you don’t get the opportunities and don’t score the goals.
“A good performance can change everything and we know that we have players with quality.”
The match against Hull City saw Reading lose both John Swift and Paul McShane to hamstring injuries in the first half and both players will now be assessed.
Stam added “We have been bemoaning our luck all season (with injuries) but it’s not always about luck.
“It’s about producing the goods and doing your jobs.
“It has been difficult to get points this season and we have had to work hard to get just one point at times but that’s how it goes.
“Both injuries are hamstring injuries but we don’t know how bad they are. We will assess them on Monday.”
Reading are back in action on Tuesday evening when Stevenage are the visitors to Berkshire for an FA Cup Third Round Replay.