Manchester United legend Jaap Stam hails Darren Sarll’s ‘enthusiastic’ Stevenage after FA Cup clash

PUBLISHED: 10:29 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:29 17 January 2018

Reading boss Jaap Stam praised Stevenage. Pictured during the first match. Credit Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Reading boss Jaap Stam praised Stevenage. Pictured during the first match. Credit Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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Reading boss and former Manchester United legend Jaap Stam praised Darren Sarll’s ‘enthusiastic’ Stevenage after their 3-0 loss to the Championship side in the FA Cup third round replay at the Madjeski Stadium on Tuesday evening.

A hat-trick from Iceland striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson clinched the win but speaking to CometSport after the match Stam said: “Stevenage were trying to play the same way they did in the home game.

“Enthusiastic, playing the ball forward, winning the second ball and trying to score goals. They can make it difficult for you in how they play, that’s what we saw in the first 15 to 20 minutes.

“They made it difficult for us to get into the game. After that we took control of the ball, we were patient on it, used the ball and the space better. “That allowed us to go forward a bit more and score the first goal and a good second. In the second half Stevenage kept on pushing, they tried to score and had one or two opportunities and came very close.”

Reading will now travel to Hillsborough to take Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round on the weekend of January 27-28, while Stevenage are back in League Two action on Saturday when they entertain Carlisle – who were knocked out by the Owls in the third round replay between the sides on Tuesday.

Boro boss Darren Sarll, speaking after the match said: “It’s going to be tough on Saturday, certainly after the disappointment of going out of the FA Cup.”

See ComeSport for more reaction from the match at the Madjeski and the Comet newspaper, out on Thursday.

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