Mark Bowen on: three wins in a row, fans reception, Omar Richards, McCleary return, international break and more

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Reading manager Mark Bowen (pictures by Steve Smyth)

Mark Bowen said he was full of pride after Reading made it three home wins on the bounce and four games unbeaten under the Welshman.

The three points sees Reading move up to 17th position in the Championship table.

On the Luton performance…

“I was saying before the game I don’t care how we win the game, it finishes the month off nicely. I’m really full of pride for the manner we won the game.

“I’m a great believe the opposition are as good as you let them be.”

Return of Garath McCleary…

“I’m delighted for him, I brought him back into things thinking it will get the feel good factor back. In training everyday, the professionalism he shows, he does things right. I’m trying to say to my squad, Saturday is important but they will get on the pitch for me if they do tings right everyday.

“For me he’s come in and done brilliant. He’s an intelligent player, he can problem solve during the game. Ovie had a bit of a problem with his thigh so we wanted to make the change to freshen things up. He was a real threat when he came on.”

Injury to Obita and Richards’ performance…

“Jordan on Thursday felt his groin a little bit, I’m hopeful its not a lengthy one and just a little one that kept him out of today.

“Special mention for Omar, a young lad coming into the side I though he was outstanding today, everyone knows he’s good going forward, but defensively he went in and won tackles he wasn’t favourite to win.

“Numerous times he got into position to win the ball back which fills me with pride.

“It’s a good dilemma to have, I’ve got two top class full backs.”

Winning the fans over…

“I wont lie when I came in, I know what I’m about, and I was a bit hurt but its gone now.

“Days like today, when the rain is pouring down, but the fans behind the goal are non stop signing, it gives me a glow. And its just the start, but I know that if we go and lose the next three games we are back in it, we’ve got to use this as a platform to keep climbing the table. I’m delighted for the staff, the players and everybody.”

International break…

“We need to switch off for a few days, physically and mentally. Spend time with the family, and come back Wednesday the players know there are no free days, they need to work, we demand the intensity.

“Brentford away next which we’ve already got one eye on, if we get things right off the ball, we’re a threat to any side with the ball.

It was all about getting points on the board, I’m pleased with that. We have to keep winning games to get up the table.”

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