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GRAHAM BARROW PREVIEWS READING

28 April 2017

Barrow on Reading match: “We’ve got to do our job.”

  • Latics face Reading in must win game on Saturday 29 April.
  • On Ali Al Habsi: “One of the best men I’ve met in football, that counts for nothing tomorrow.”
  • “I’ll know when I look in the players' faces which ones are up for it.” –Barrow.
READING v WIGAN ATHLETIC
MADEJSKI STADIUM
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017
KICK-OFF 3.00pm 

Latics Interim Manager Graham Barrow was in defiant mood as he spoke to Latics Player HD in Advance of the trip to Reading.

GB ON READING
The players will be very disappointed if they don’t get the result we’re looking for and then come off the pitch knowing results have gone for us. We’ve got to make sure we get our result right and then fingers crossed things go our way. We’ve got to do our job. 

GB ON WANTING TO TAKE IT TO THE LAST DAY
It’s never been in our hands and even if we do take it to the last day it won’t be in our hands then. All we want going into the last game is to still have some sort of a chance and I think we’re better prepared for it than anybody if we can take it to that stage.

GB ON KEEPING THE PLAYERS FOCUSED
We’ve shown the boys clips from previous ‘Great Escapes’ that we and other teams have done in the past, and if you look at the Stoke game back in 2011 there was all sorts of permutations going into that one and we did it. Whilst I don’t like success out of failure I’d take it now at this moment in time. 

GB ON APPROACHING THIS GAME
Reading are probably technically the best footballing team in the league so we’ve got to respect that. Every fit ammunition we’ve got is travelling so we’ve got a few tough decisions to make. We’ve had a plan in the games we’ve played recently and we’ll probably follow a similar one on Saturday, but with more armour this time. 

GB ON OMAR BOGLE
He’s trained hard on Thursday but we’ve just got to see if there’s any reaction to that and how he feels in himself. I spoke him to last week before the Cardiff game and I could tell in his face and from the things he was saying that it wasn’t positive. I always have chats with players to see what their reactions are and if it’s not positive then they won’t play.

GB ON NICK POWELL
It’s still a similar situation with Nick. He could be a starter but for both him and Omar to play it might be too much of a risk, but a risk we may have to take.

GB ON ALI AL HABSI
Ali has done really well for Reading and I noticed he was player of the year for them last season. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met in football, great character and a really lovely man. He’ll be saddened by where we are in the league, I know he will, but I don’t expect any favours from him on Saturday. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have one of his better games, though. 



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