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Ake: I felt natural at left back

14 April 2015

Dutchman on Bournemouth and a switch to full back

Nathan Ake says he is more than comfortable plying his trade at left back, after helping to keep a clean sheet against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

Steve Clarke chose not to risk Jordan Obita at Madejski Stadium, with the Academy product precariously sat on nine bookings - and so the on loan Chelsea man moved from central midfield to full back.

"I have played there a couple of times. Although it was something different, it wasn’t unusual. I had to adapt after the first couple of minutes but after it was alright and I felt quite natural there," said Ake.

"We were happy with the clean sheet because we hadn’t had one over the last couple of games. We just wanted to score and win the game but it didn’t happen. Against Blackburn we should have won; we controlled the game and had chances to score. We’re disappointed that we didn’t win but I’m still unbeaten as a Reading player so that's a plus!"

Before the allure of Wembley on Saturday, a huge challenge awaits in the form of table toppers Bournemouth on Tuesday evening. The Dutchman is ready.


"It should be a good game, they are doing really well and are top of the league. We need to fight and do the same as we did against Blackburn, play good football and try to get the points."

Manager Steve Clarke is also ready to have his say in the title race as Eddie Howe's men come to town.

"It’s a big game for the shape of the top of the table," the manager told Reading FC Player. "We’re playing a team that everyone says are certainties to go up. It’s up to us to make sure on Tuesday night we’re 100% focused on the game and ready to stop their march to the title."

For ticket details on Tuesday evening's game click here.


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