Royals boss Mark Bowen has said that the clash against Leeds will ‘a good barometer’ for the progress his side has made since taking over the helm at the Madejski Stadium.

Leeds United currently sit in second place in the league, after picking up all three points late on against Luton Town courtesy of an own goal from Matty Pearson.

Ahead of a tough test against high-flying Leeds United, the Reading manager said that his team 'will be up for it, no doubt’.

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Mark Bowen said: “If it had been a win, loss or draw against Brentford, we knew that we’d be able to go into the Leeds game saying, ‘look how far we’ve come’.

“I know that we have come a fair way. So we need to make sure we put in a performance on Tuesday night. My boys will be up for it, no doubt.

“We had a fantastic atmosphere at Brentford with the fans packed in behind that goal, trying to make it like a home game for us. So we’ll be expecting another good atmosphere at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

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“We will be prepared for it, no doubt about that. We will have a game-plan going into it, and we will make sure that we rest and recover.

“You don’t want to look too far ahead, but even before the Brentford game I thought that the Leeds game would be a good barometer for me and the team and the squad.

“I know that if we get the desire, work-rate and aggression, which we have to have in our play, then we will win more games than we lose.”