Reading manager Jaap Stam has revealed his pride at his Reading side making it to Wembley, and the playoff final - a Yann Kermorgant penalty saw the Royals overcome Slavisa Jokanovic's in-form Fulham side.
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The Manchester United legend revealed that he'd always maintained confidence in the veteran Frenchman Kermorgant, despite his infamous paneka blunder in the 2010 playoff final:
The Dutchman was keen to highlight his side's preparation and performance, as it was a flurry of chances at the beginning of the second-half that saw the penalty awarded for them.
"It was a tough game. We knew it would be from the start.
"In the first half we played well in how we got in behind and threatened, we tried to manage the space well and in the first half, we played very well and we were aggressive in how we pressed them.
"We spoke at half-time about how we could make it more difficult for them. We got a great start after the break, but then it was about us keeping on pressing them. We fought with everything we had. We've done that so many times this season and if you hold on like that, you will force mistakes out of people.
"We know Ali's a great goalie, not only today but all season, that's why he's in goal. Again it was a terrific performance," added former Manchester United defender Stam.
"It's great to be back at Wembley, I've been in my playing career so as a manager, with a lot at stake, it's going to be nice.
"As a player it was great to get there and as a manager it will be fantastic.''