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Barrow looks ahead to facing former club

Winger hopes for another strong showing against Leeds

9 March 2018

He scored against his former side back in October, and Mo Barrow is hoping to steer the Royals to victory once again in the return fixture on Saturday afternoon.

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Barrow scored late on at Elland Road earlier in the season to give the Royals all three points against Saturday's opponents, Leeds United, with whom he spent a portion of last season on loan.

Having also scored in midweek against Bolton Wanderers, he said it was a good feeling to celebrate among the fans in Y26 at Madejski Stadium.

On his midweek finish, he said: "For myself, it was a good thing. We've had a few ups and downs this season so it was good to be able to celebrate like I did with the fans.

"I scored and was running towards so very happy faces - in the end it was worth receiving the yellow card.

"Every point is important at the moment. We need to pick up as many as we can.

"We have a very strong squad but when you don't win as many games as you want to, confidence in the squad drops.

"We just need to make sure that we take as many points as we can." 

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Barrow admitted his loan spell at Elland Road didn't give him the opportunity to show off the best of his ability, and he is now joint-top scorer for the Royals this season - with nine goals to his name.

He was complimentary about his former club, though, adding: "Leeds is a good club. All the boys in the team took good care of me when I was there - that's the players, the staff and the fans.

"I was unlucky not to get the chance to prove myself and the game time that I needed to show what I could do.

"My focus at Reading now is about staying focused and keep fighting for the team to get as many points as possible.

"There are a lot of ups and downs in football and so the goal at Leeds meant a lot to me as it showed them that I am a good player that can deliver from an opportunity."

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With a point from the last encounter to take into Saturday, Barrow says the Royals are doing their best to prepare for the challenge ahead when Leeds descend on RG2.

"We have drawn confidence from the last game and have taken positives from that," he continued.

"Bolton were not an easy team to play against because they were very strong and physical.

"It was unlucky that we couldn't take three points from them, but hopefully we are confident that we can deliver a good performance against Leeds.

"Every game in the Championship is tough. You have to take it one game at a time, though, and my mental focus is only on trying to take three points from Leeds."

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