Manchester United legend Jaap Stam praises Stevenage after FA Cup stalemate

PUBLISHED: 13:25 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 08 January 2018

Ben Wilmot of Stevenage goes close against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ben Wilmot of Stevenage goes close against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Reading boss Jaap Stam praised Stevenage after a hard-fought 0-0 draw in the FA Cup third round on Saturday at the Lamex.

Tom Pett of Stevenage and David Edwards of Reading battle for the ball (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Tom Pett of Stevenage and David Edwards of Reading battle for the ball (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The former Manchester United centre-half spoke after the goalless draw which means the sides will replay next week at the Madjeski Stadium for a place in the fourth round.

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

In a match high on endeavour but with few chances Stam spoke to CometSport following the match and is wary of the threat from Darren Sarll’s team when they meet again a week on Tuesday in Berkshire.

Tom King of Stevenage denies Reading a goal (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Tom King of Stevenage denies Reading a goal (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

He said: “I don’t know if Stevenage have missed their chance.

Ben Kennedy of Stevenage shares a joke with a Reading rival (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Ben Kennedy of Stevenage shares a joke with a Reading rival (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“Playing them at home [in the replay] doesn’t mean they don’t have a chance. When we play at home we need to be very careful with this team.

Danny Newton of Stevenage goes close to a goal against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Danny Newton of Stevenage goes close to a goal against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“We’ve seen what [Stevenage] can bring and what they can do.

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Stevenage manager Darren Sarll (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“We need to use the home advantage and we can bring in possession a different game.”

Jack King of Stevenage goes close to a goal against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Jack King of Stevenage goes close to a goal against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The tough defender who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary treble-winning side of 1998-99 left no stone unturned when scouting Stevenage ahead of the match.

Mark McKee of Stevenage attacks against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Mark McKee of Stevenage attacks against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Despite being under pressure with his side sitting in a lowly 18th in the Championship the tough Dutchman prepared as normal for the cup clash in North Herts.

Joe Martin of Stevenage and Leandro Bacuna of Reading battle it out (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Joe Martin of Stevenage and Leandro Bacuna of Reading battle it out (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

As he explained to CometSport: “We’ve seen Stevenage play the last couple of games because we always prepare.

Jonathan Smith of Stevenage and David Edwards of Reading battle for the ball (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Jonathan Smith of Stevenage and David Edwards of Reading battle for the ball (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“You can see that they’ve got quality and got quality players. They’ve got physique in their team as well.

Injury concern for Matthew Godden of Stevenage (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Injury concern for Matthew Godden of Stevenage (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“At times they want to play because they’ve got quality in their team but they can also play direct and try to keep the pressure on the other team.

“If they can keep that up every game they will do very well. But hopefully we’re going to have the result at home.”

Stevenage play Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

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