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🗨️ "We want to win games and build momentum. Saturday is our next opportunity."

The self-confessed football freak is focused on the visit of Barnsley this weekend...

17 September 2020

After two Carabao Cup games at the Madejski and an impressive league win on the road at Derby last weekend, our first home league game of the campaign comes this weekend. And Pauno can't wait!

"The stadium is beautiful - a fantastic sight. I can't imagine how great it feels when it's filled with fans for a competitive game," he began.

"We are going to miss that for sure this weekend. But we have good conditions to play here and I can't wait for Saturday.

"I can't wait for the emotion, the excitement of the first league game here at home. I'm looking forward to it."

Our cup exploits were brought to an end against Luton Town on Tuesday evening, but the visit of Barnsley brings us an early opportunity to cast that defeat aside and build on the victory at Pride Park last weekend.

"We have to focus all our strengths towards the Championship," the Royals boss said. "We know why we are here and we know what we want to do.

"We want to be consistent with how we play. We want to be consistent with the results we get, the clean sheets we keep, the goals we score.

"And ultimately we want to win games and build momentum. Saturday is our next opportunity.

"We will look for the same performance that we produced at Derby and the same outcome. But we will have to be at our best.

"Against Derby we set the tone for what we want to see from our team in every game."

Analysis began the moment the final whistle sounded at the end of the cup tie against the Hatters on Tuesday evening. And Pauno is positive his side will be well prepared for the visit of the Tykes.

"I'm a football freak," he smiled. "I always watch football, but now I am watching games with more of a focus of course.

"I have always worked with video analysis in my career - using it for both our team's performances in matches and in practise, but also in learning about our opponents.

"It's the best tool to get very, very quick feedback and improvement. It's one of the fundamental tools of my working method and we have fantastic staff here who are on the same page. Together we are building our plans.

"We work one game at a time. But we are all very engaged, very dedicated to what we do. And we will keep pounding away.

"We always want to win, every game. And from now the league is our priority. It's a long way to go - I want everyone to know it's not going to be easy. But I'm sure we're going to get there."

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