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Reading 2-0 Barnsley

Bowen reverted to the set-up that was so successful against Sheffield Wednesday. Moore was replaced by Miazga in an enforced change, and Obita was selected ahead of Richards. Other than that the personnel was the same - with the only other difference being Ejaria through the centre and Olise on the left.

It's curious - you pick up your first win of the year, play well at Leeds, and then decide to overhaul the system which leads to a morale-shattering defeat. Switching back shouldn't absolve Bowen of the mistakes he made midweek, but at least he recognised how to rectify the issue. It's almost irrelevant to judge whether Bowen is doing a good or a bad job, the key question is whether he's doing a better or worse job than someone else would be in his position.

One interesting development in the way we play is that Meite doesn't seem to push up quite so much to support Puscas. Don't get me wrong, he was still a focus for long balls, and he's often the furthest…