Jaap Stam confident Reading can handle pressure of £170m play-off final

• Manager believes his side were toughened by FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford
• Huddersfield coach David Wagner: ‘This game can decide all of our futures’

Jaap Stam has insisted Reading will not freeze on the big stage when his side take on Huddersfield Town at Wembley on Monday, as they seek a passage to the Premier League and the biggest financial prize in football. According to Deloitte, promotion is worth a guaranteed £170m, a figure that could rise to £290m if the club retain their top-flight status.

Stam has previously dismissed the significance of his own big-game experience, saying there is only so much he can do from the touchline, and he believes his players have toughened from prevailing in important matches this season. “I think they have learned throughout the season, they have made progress during the season and we have had several games where we needed to do it and needed to win and they have done it,” Stam said. “The last two games against Fulham [in the play?offs] for example, the game at home to Leeds [a 1-0 win] or away at Sheffield Wednesday [a 2-0 win].

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