Reading's 2016/17 Season
League Position: 3rd - defeated in Play-off Final (2015/16: 17th)
Average home league attendance: 17,505 (2015/16: 17,285)
Top league goalscorer: Yann Kermorgant (18)
It was heartbreak at Wembley for Jaap Stam's Reading as they were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield Town at the end of May. What made it all the more devastating was the fact that Michael Hefele's miss of The Terriers' second penalty had put them in the driving seat. When Liam Kelly scored to make it 3-1, The Royals had looked a certainty to reach the promised land. Four minutes later, Huddersfield Town were promoted.
Reading surprised their critics all season long, securing results that saw them chasing the leading duo of Brighton and Newcastle all season long. Their problem seemed to be that their dips in form included a 3-0 loss to Preston North End, a 5-0 defeat at Fulham and a 7-1 humbling away at Norwich City.
One of the problems they will have to address in 17/18 is the amount of goals they conceded in the last campaign. In fact, Reading conceded the most goals of any side in the top six of their division in England's top five tiers (64). The only team with a worse record than them in the top six tiers of English football is Darlington 1883 of the Vanarama National League North (67).
The Majedski Stadium
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Jaap Stam took up his first managerial role with Reading in June 2016, after five years as an assistant at PEC Zwolle and then Ajax. In the first season of his initial two-year contract, Stam took his side to the Championship play-offs.
As a player, Stam's reputation as a hard-man defender followed him from PSV, to Manchester United and eventually Ajax. After making his international debut for the Netherlands in 1996, Stam went on to make 67 appearances for the Oranje.
Last Time Round
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 31
Reading wins: 36