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Key roles for full backs

24 March 2014

Gunter and Obita's contribution

Full backs Chris Gunter and Jordan Obita again played key roles in the team's 2-1 win at Birmingham on Saturday, and helped prove their importance to Nigel Adkins' style of play.

Gunter set up the winning goal for Jobi McAnuff, and could have scored himself earlier when one-on-one, and also forced a good save from Darren Randolph when popping up in the six-yard box.

On the other flank, 20-year-old Obita put in another very assured performance, keeping experienced winger Chris Burke quiet, while almost scoring with a well-taken right-footed volley that went just wide.

Both Chris and Jordan are the archetypal modern full backs, comfortable defending and attacking, and the boss sang their praises after the game.

Nigel said, "We could have scored the same goal three times in the match, with Chris getting down the wing into that advanced position, the team moving the ball and passing the ball, and then he set up the winner for Jobi.

"I thought Jordan did well against Chris Burke who I would consider one of the better wingers in the League, but Jordan didn't really give him a kick.

"So that was great and overall it was a great three points away from home."

He continued, "There was no real flow to the game, it was stop-start from the first minute when Robinson kicked Hal, then for 25 minutes nothing really happened, there were lots of whistles.

"Then Jobi scored two really good goals, we utilised the squad and for me it was an excellent victory, using a different way to win a game.

"We talked before the match about Birmingham's physical presence and dealing with that. We knew we had to defend, and fair pair to players for doing that, then Alex made a really good save toward the end.

"So the group stuck together and got a great three points."

We now face Barnsley and Huddersfield in consecutive home games, and the boss is looking forward to being back at Madejski Stadium.

"It's two games at home and we've all got to get behind the players, lift them, drive them on, generate energy for them and make them feel ten feet tall.

"We've got a great spirit, I know we've got quality, we've got to keep hanging in there and stay together."

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