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Hec comfortable in defence

19 August 2014

Michael on versatility

After his man of the match display in Reading's 1-0 win over Ipswich Town, Michael Hector spoke of the transition from central midfield to central defence.

The Academy graduate was deployed in the middle of the park for the first two games of the campaign, but dropped back to play in place of Sean Morrison against the Tractorboys - and was excellent throughout. 

"I have only played at centre back for 45 minutes in pre-season, but it felt normal," he told Reading FC Player.

"It was good to play alongside Pearcey, he helps you read the game. My individual performance was okay but I think as a team we did really well to keep a clean sheet.

"When I play in central midfield then move back to defence, the game feels so easy because you get so much time on the ball. In midfield it's a bit more hectic, you get tackles from anywhere on the pitch - but it's been great for me to play in both positions."

At the age of just 22, Hector will be regarded as a senior player to the likes of Saturday's debutants Jake Stacey and Jake Cooper - who the former Aberdeen loanee had praise for after coming off the bench to help the side to victory.

"I think Jake Cooper was excellent, coming on and winning all his headers," he added.

"We're not afraid to bring on our youth players and through them in the deep end. I thought Stace (Jack Stacey) also did well on his debut and obviously Ryan (Edwards) has been great since coming back from Australia. It was also a great finish by Jake (Taylor). He's done well to get a starting place and keep it."

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