Jaap Stam: Reading boss satisfied with EFL Cup display against Arsenal

Reading manager Jaap Stam
Jaap Stam's Reading side are a point off the Championship play-off places

Reading manager Jaap Stam felt his side's League Cup defeat by Arsenal was a "good learning experience".

The Royals were knocked out by two Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goals in the fourth-round tie at the Emirates Stadium.

Stam gave a number of fringe players the chance to perform against Arsene Wenger's side, including Tennai Watson, Liam Kelly and Dominic Samuel.

"You need to learn from these games and pick certain things up for the future," Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"Eventually, everyone wants to get to this level and be playing in these sorts of stadiums every week.

"It was good to see how we and they played and what things we can improve on in our game.

"We went for it in this tie and the boys worked very hard in the build up and we created a couple of chances.

"We have to look at ourselves and how we played. Overall, I'm quite satisfied with our performance."

Reading return to Championship action on Saturday when face Nottingham Forest at home. A win could lift them into the top six.

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