Reading boss Jaap Stam braced for tough play-off semi-final second leg against Fulham

Reading manager Jaap Stam
Jaap Stam will hope Reading's strong home form will be a good omen against Fulham in the second leg

Reading manager Jaap Stam expects his players to cope with a renewed test from Fulham in their Championship play-off semi-final second leg.

The tie is level at 1-1 after Saturday's first leg and Reading will hope to exploit home advantage.

"There's still a long way to go," he told BBC Radio Berkshire. "We'll still need to be focused on what will be a very tough game at home.

"It's about having the belief in ourselves and the will to win."

Reading will be without captain Paul McShane on Tuesday following his red card in Saturday's first leg.

Their goalscorer at Craven Cottage, Jordan Obita, may also miss out after the left-back was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury at full-time.

"We're happy with the draw and we're going into a home game, which is good," Stam said.

"But, we've always talked about experience and what experienced players can do for the team and that's going to be key. Are they willing to do everything in their power to get that result?

"By doing that and trusting in their abilities to get a result, that's what has worked for us throughout this season."

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