Mo Barrow was full of praise for Reading's 1495-strong support at Portman Road, as the Royals overcame Ipswich Town on Saturday.
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Nélson Oliveira had put the Royals ahead against the Championship's bottom club in the first half, before Gwion Edwards fired Ipswich level eight minutes from time.
Barrow came off the bench in the second and served up some late drama at Portman Road, with Yakou Méïté's midfield tenacity enabling him to play through for Barrow going forward - slotting past Bartosz Bialkowski in the 90th minute to give Reading three vital points.
The game was building to a crescendo in Suffolk on Saturday, with both teams putting in tough tackles in front of a raucous crowd at Portman Road.
“It was a difficult game. We played well in the first half, in the second half they put on a lot of pressure," Barrow said of the match as a whole.
“It was difficult – it wasn’t one of my best performances but I’m happy to help the team get the three points today.
“The way they were pressing, they were having the momentum and it made it really difficult, but the most important thing was that we got the three points. It was an important win today.
“The fans have deserved better this season, they’ve supported us through all the season, they travel every away game to give us their support and the least they could deserve today was a win.
“We’re happy to give them the win today, because they deserve it."
Barrow said he played a part at the wrong end as Ipswich equalised late on in the second half - hoping to make up for it at the other end. He certainly did that on Saturday.
“I was involved in their goal – I lost their guy but then we got the counter with Yak, I sprinted because I knew I could get there," he continued.
“I had to help the team and give them something. Yak did well to hold it against two men and set me up, so I can’t say anything other than how much it meant to get the three points today."
Even though the Royals picked up three valuable points at the weekend, there are still 11 games left in the Championship that could go either way from a Reading point of view - with Barrow emphasising the importance of taking the remainder of the campaign one step at a time.
“I think we have to keep focussing on ourselves, keep working hard like today. It was a lot of character, a lot of fighting spirit and even the team knew after they scored that we could win the game.
“We had the feeling, and I also had the feeling that I could score today given the space. We just have to stick together, show character and spirit and hopefully we can collect some more points.”
Reading will be aiming to build on Saturday's win as Wigan Athletic are the next visitors to Madejski Stadium next weekend. Click the button below for ticket information as we ask for your support once again in RG2.