Modou Barrow says that the 2017/18 campaign has been a lesson learnt for him and his teammates after Reading sustained their Sky Bet Championship on Bank Holiday Sunday against promoted Cardiff City.
On the final day of the season, a 0-0 draw with the automatically promoted Bluebirds was enough for the Royals to secure their second-tier status and the momentum gained from that big result is something Barrow is hoping the team can take into next season.
Reflecting on the game and looking ahead to the future, the wide-man explained: “It was a tough game because of the way that they (Cardiff) like to play football.
“We had to come here and give everything because we knew exactly what was at stake. It was all about focusing on ourselves to try and get something out of the game and we were able to do that in the end.
“Cardiff had to win to guarantee promotion and we had to get at least a point to secure our place in the league next season.
“I think the whole squad did very well and everyone on the pitch gave everything.”
With the season done and dusted, Barrow pulled no punches in his review of the season and aired his disappointment of his team’s finishing position.
Barrow’s sights, however, were set firmly on the season ahead and he believes that the work that has already gone on behind-the-scenes under Paul Clement will set him and the team up well for the beginning of the new campaign on August 4th.
He added: “I’m not happy with how the season has gone and I don’t think any of the team are.
"We were hoping to finish highly in the league this season, or at least a play-off position, and it hasn’t happened like that.
“Working on our shape and the things that we’ve been doing in training with the manager has definitely helped.
"Against both QPR and Preston we saw it work really well. Hopefully now, we can carry that sort of performance into next season.
“We’ve learned a very valuable lesson this season. It is good to be able to remain in the league so that our focus can be on the new campaign."