The feud between Leeds United and Reading can’t be described as a rivalry because it really isn’t, I don’t know if Reading actually have any rivalries. Jaap Stam did create some stress between the two clubs last season, followed by Jan Kermogant when Leeds fans were called bad human beings and Leeds called a one trick pony.
In all fairness Kermogant had a point about us being a one trick pony but to come out and say that is always for one reason, to get into the opposition players heads and again, he did his job because we didn’t turn up when we visited the Madejski, losing 1-0 but not turning up in any capacity. Jaap Stam was living in a dream world when he came to Elland Road. The ex-Manchester United player said after the game that the Leeds fans were bad human beings and that Reading had dominated the match. They had over 70% of possession but probably 90% plus was the two centre backs passing it between them.
Stam’s agent then came out during the summer and said he would only leave Reading for a “big club” after it was revealed that he was on the shortlist for Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta for the vacant head-coach job. He signed a new deal with Reading but this season hasn’t gone to plan just yet. They were beaten on penalties after one of the worst play-off campaigns we have seen between the four sides who were involved and it seems they haven’t recovered. They will want to make a point tomorrow and Stam would love nothing more than to win at Elland Road.