By Amir Mir
Reading manager Jaap Stam has had yet another pop at the Leeds supporters ahead of the Saturday evening clash at the Madejski Stadium.
The 44-year-old stated that “it would be nice” if his supporters were “hostile” towards their fans following their feisty encounter in December.
Garry Monk’s side picked up a 2-0 win at Elland Road, but Stam was not happy with the opposition’s playing style, nor the supporters.
His comments have since added more fuel to the fire with the duo now set to meet for an important promotion showdown at the weekend.
This is what Stam had to say about Leeds and their supporters:
“It would be nice if they come over here and instead of them being hostile we can be hostile against them,” said Stam, as quoted by GetReading.
“It should be that way around. But it’s not being hostile. It’s about supporting your own team and not being hostile against people because we’re not kids anymore.
“In how we played you can say about being boring but we had 80 per cent of the ball so I don’t know who’s boring.”
Striker Chris Wood and versatile attacker Souleymane Doukara were the players on the scoresheet during the reverse fixture.
Garry Monk’s side went on to win the match 2-0, with the away side having 77 per cent possession of the ball and 14 shots on target to Leeds’ 12.
Former Holland international Stam joined the Royals last summer, surprising many by turning the club into promotion hopefuls.
Monk has done a similar job in Yorkshire, but his side is one place and two points above Reading in the table.
New Zealand international Wood has been a key figure behind that success, scoring 24 goals during the Championship campaign which currently makes his the top goalscorer in the division.
In other Leeds news, this coach has quit after being asked to take a wage cut.