This weekend is looking like a must win for both Reading and Barnsley as they prepare to clash at The Madejski Stadium.
The Royals were comfortably beaten by Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night to move to within just five points of the relegation zone and the Tykes, who currently sit second-bottom, could move to within five themselves with a win.
Gerhard Struber’s men beat Hull City on Wednesday and will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce as they strive to cause an upset by avoiding relegation, having looked cut adrift at the end of 2019.
The previous tie ended in a 1-1 draw in the middle of December with Lucas Joao striking a 78th minute equaliser after Cauley Woodrow had edged the hosts in front.
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Ahead of this one, Mark Bowen has been talking about his Reading side and the task at hand against the Tykes.
Here is a round up of what he had to say…
Bowen was in defiant mood, showing confidence in his side to bounce back from the Latics defeat, pointing to previous times they had suffered a disappointing defeat.
He also insisted that the performance on Wednesday was unnacceptable and that they must now put in a top display against the Tykes.
Bowen also expressed sympathy with those fans who showed their anger at the performance, saying that he may well have reacted the same way if he was in their position but said that they need them to stay on side.
He rounded off the conference by saying that a huge reaction is expected from the players now.