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Jaap Stam’s warning to Reading players ahead of Norwich trip

PUBLISHED: 16:52 07 April 2017

Jaap Stam believes there is still some fight in Norwich City's squad. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jaap Stam believes there is still some fight in Norwich City's squad. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Reading manager Jaap Stam has warned his team against complacency at Carrow Road today.

City may be in the midst of another slump, but Stam believes they still carry a threat – especially those with an eye on next season.

“Every player over there who is under contract at Norwich will want to prove themselves to the board, that they are good players and they belong in the first 11 and that they can beat everybody in the championship,” said Stam

“It is going to be a hard game. A side like Norwich up against a team in the top six will want to prove themselves.

“It will be a hard game again but we will give our best and hopefully we can get the win.”

Back-to-back defeats have all but ended City’s play-off hopes, but Stam clearly believes that while there is a mathematical chance there is danger.

“There is a chance they can still make to the play-offs if they win every game,” said Stam.

“They’ll obviously need teams in the top six to lose, there might be a chance that they can make it.

“The players that are there will want to fight for their position in the table and maybe for their place in the team next season.

“They are a big team in the Championship and they’ve played a lot in the Premier League as well.

“Everybody knows they are going to give it a big go again to try and win promotion and get back to the Premier League next season if they can’t this year.”

Reading head into the contest looking to extend their winning run to four games, and Jaap wants his side to continue their good form against a Norwich outfit looking to take a rare top-six scalp.

Defender Liam Moore agrees with his boss.

“It’s a dangerous game again,” he said. “They could possibly sneak into the play-offs – it’s not mathematically over for them, and we need to be wary of them.

“They have some great players and they’ll be desperate to get a result and finish the season strongly, because they don’t know who their manager will be next season – he could be in the stands watching on, and those players will be playing for their future.

“So we need to be wary and we need to do what we’ve done the last three games.”

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