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View From The Town End: Barnsley

Reading go to a resurgent Barnsley on Saturday, so what can we expect up in Yorkshire?

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Barnsley fan Ian Wilkinson gives us the lowdown on his side's start to the season.

How would you sum up Barnsley's season so far?

We've maintained our momentum from last season and are perhaps over-performing against expectations. Our high tempo, free scoring approach has proven to be a successful formula.

When we spoke in pre-season, your heart said you'd be in play-off contention at the end of the season. So far so good! But can you stick around those places?

We have the resources. Over the last 12 months we've created a winning habit. It's a vice that nobody is taking for granted. The Championship is bound to trip us up at times and consistently challenge our youthful team. It's an old cliche, but we're simply preparing for the next game and not looking too far ahead.

Who should we be wary of on Saturday?

That's a tough one to call. But our most consistent performer is Conor Hourihane. Skipper. Midfield general. Dead ball specialist. Goal machine. Hero!

Any Reading player that's caught your eye?

Callum Harriott will be a familiar face. He enjoyed a good spell with Colchester in League One (on loan from Charlton) last season. A bright young winger, who can be a bit of a handful on his day. He appears to have made a bright start to the new season, after his summer switch to the Royals.

Any fond memories of games between the two sides?

None really. Most of the recent meetings have been fairly unremarkable.

Any not so fond ones?

Maybe the 4-0 (second half) drubbing you gave us at home in March 2012. You were promoted as Champions that season. We remained perennial strugglers. Enough said.

Any advice for travelling Royals?

Get there early. There's some great facilities and parking, open to away fans at The Metrodome. Food, activities and drinks. Just two minutes on foot to Oakwell.

Finally, give us a score prediction?

Barnsley to win, 3 - 1.