Manchester United legend Jaap Stam praises Stevenage after FA Cup stalemate
PUBLISHED: 13:25 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 08 January 2018
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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.
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.
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.
He said: “I don’t know if Stevenage have missed their chance.
“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.
“We’ve seen what [Stevenage] can bring and what they can do.
“We need to use the home advantage and we can bring in possession a different game.”
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.
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.
As he explained to CometSport: “We’ve seen Stevenage play the last couple of games because we always prepare.
“You can see that they’ve got quality and got quality players. They’ve got physique in their team as well.
“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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