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Obita: We've got to find that balance

11 December 2014

Midfielder hoping to kick on

Jordan Obita wants his teammates to visit Birmingham with a ruthless mindset on Saturday.

Reading were forced to settle for a point against Bolton last weekend after being unable to convert any of their goal-scoring opportunities.

The impressive form of Wanderers goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, a disallowed goal and a couple of goal-line clearances deprived the Royals of a deserved victory at the Madejski Stadium.

And versatile Obita, who has been deployed in the centre of midfield in the last two games, believes that his side will start recording regular wins if they can rediscover that finishing touch.

“We need to kick on now, start winning more games and get back up the table,” said the 21-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Monday. 

“Our attacking play probably could’ve been better against Bolton – we all know that. Defensively we were solid, though, and hard to break down. Feds didn’t have much to do but we had to settle for the draw, even though we deserved to win.

“We’ll kick on now against Birmingham. We know we’ve got to get that balance of defence and attack. It’s good, as long as we’re not conceding the goals, and now we’ve got to start putting it in the other net.

“The main thing is that we get the points on the board – we need to do that on Saturday. In our last two games we’ve picked up three and one. That’s better than no points.”

Reading’s squad has changed significantly since the beginning of the season, with senior players returning from injury and a number of young players breaking through from the academy.

Obita identifies that as a big positive.

He said: “Jake Cooper has come in and score two goals against Norwich and probably could’ve scored again at the weekend as well. Coops gives us the extra boost because he’s six foot six and a massive target.

“Against Norwich, they used a smaller player to mark him and we managed to exploit that. He is a massive threat in the box and I always look to pick him out from corners. If I can do that, then I’d always fancy him to score.”

He continued: “Garath McCleary is back and he’s starting to look fitter now, which is a massive positive too. He was massive for us last season and got a lot of assists and goals.

“Danny Williams as well. He gives us that energy in midfield and, now that they’re back, it’s very nice have them around the group. We’ve still got a lot of players injured and when they return it will be a big boost to the whole squad.”

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