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Barry: Every player will have a chance

GARETH Barry believes every Albion player will have a chance to impress this season in the Sky Bet Championship.

The midfielder captained the Baggies to a 4-1 win over Reading at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, their fifth straight home league victory.

The former England international came into the starting XI in place of Chris Brunt as the midfield duo continued their rotation in the middle of park.

And Barry insists the gruelling schedule of the division will hand each squad member plenty of opportunities to feature.

He said: “It’s been an eye-opener, especially for me as it’s my first time playing in the Championship. 

“I was aware of how difficult it was going to be and how much the whole squad would be needed.

“The manager has made it clear to every single player that everyone will be needed at some point during the season.

“He’s told us that we will all have to take our chance when it comes.

“It’s not about the 11 players who start on a Saturday.

“It’s about the 25-man squad and we will see throughout the season how everyone will be needed."

Barry added: “It’s always nice to be named captain and lead the team out.

“It’s obviously better when you win the game too.

“We’re delighted with the three points and another four goals at home.

“We’re going to get games where the opposition make it very difficult for us but we stayed calm at the break, stuck to our gameplan and it paid off.”

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