Reading's forthcoming trip to Oakwell on Friday has been labelled as the biggest game of the season so far by manager Veljko Paunovic.

The Tykes have been one of the surprise packages in the league this season and current occupy fifth spot, one ahead of the Royals.

After a run of two points from three games, Friday's showdown could prove pivotal as Paunovic's side aim to consolidate their play-off spot.

When asked whether he believed that the game is the biggest of the season so far, "I would agree with that.

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"We're all aware of the moment and what it means for our group, the fans, the community and the club.

“We’ve had two weeks to work and recover in order to prepare for this challenge.

“That has been very helpful and we have focused in the last week towards building the enthusiasm and momentum towards the upcoming games.

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“We have to embrace the challenges and be at our best in the eight games.

"The situation we are in is due to fantastic application from the group all season and now we have to convert it.

"It is one of the most important (matches of his career).

"I've been in battles like this before.

"We have a great opportunity in front of us. It is on us. We have to embrace the challenge and be at our best for the next eight games.