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Barrett | "You work towards getting these opportunities"

Academy product reflects on his first two senior goals

28 August 2019

Throughout his time in the Academy, Josh Barrett's name has appeared regularly on the scoresheet. And on Tuesday night, he struck twice to make his mark for the first time at senior level.

They were fine strikes, too. His first was the result of a lung-busting run on the left flank to get to Charlie Adam's through-ball, cutting in on his right foot and slotting into the far corner to equalise for Reading against Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup.

His second was another equaliser, but we're likely to see this one get played on repeat for a little while yet. He darted to the byline, before cutting back to afford himself space, and curling an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

A brace from Yakou Méïté followed that ensured Reading's passage into the Third Round of the Carabao Cup, with José Gomes' side emerging as 4-2 winners against Plymouth Argyle.

"You work towards getting these opportunities and making an impact," Barrett said pragmatically after the match on Tuesday night.

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"The biggest thing for me is that I want to keep myself relevant, I want to keep myself involved and be in the first team and, for me to do that, I have to show what I can do.

"I know what I'm capable of doing - I've always scored goals and been confident in my ability to score goals, so tonight was a great night for me.

"It's about making sure these performances are to the best of my ability and doing everything I can to make sure the gaffer picks me, and puts me in the squad. 

"If I'm needed, I know I'll be ready for sure.

"The fans were great and I'm glad we got to give back to them what they deserved, they sang all night. It was great for me scoring my two goals and to score one in front of them was an amazing feeling. A massive thank you to all of them, and I hope they get home safe."


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