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Obita's aim to defend and create

30 January 2015

Left-back keen to protect and provide

Royals left-back Jordan Obita is hoping we can find a way through the defence with the joint best away record in the division this Saturday, when Sheffield Wednesday come to Madejski Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

The Owls have only lost once in the league since September and are renowned for their impressive record at the back, having kept a clean sheet against the Royals already this season, but Obita is confident we can create enough opportunities to earn all three points this weekend.

"We know how good they are from the last time we played against them; we lost 1-0 and it was a tough, tough game," he told readingfc.co.uk.

"But if we play like we have been playing, passing the ball well with good movement across the pitch, hopefully we can put the ball in the back of the net and break up their defensive record.

"With the extra man in midfield we can be a bit more creative and it allows the midfilders the chance to get into the box. And it’s worked well for us, we beat Cardiff away and we got a point at Millwall on Tuesday since we changed the formation."

It could easily have been back-to-back wins had we managed to convert one of our chances at The New Den in midweek, Obita being one of the primary suppliers of countless crosses and corners into the Lions' penalty area during a goalless affair in east London.

"As a player, I always love to get forward and get crosses into the box, although I know that my first job is to defend. It worked last weekend at Cardiff, so to not score at Millwall when we had so many crosses into dangerous areas, was a bit frustrating.

"We know we should have beaten Millwall. They made it hard for us, they were very compact at the back, but we know we can do a lot better.

"We have a lot of good wingers at the club, which helps me. They all pose attacking threats but they also do their defensive work, which from my perspective as a full back is really good.

"As a defender, it’s always good to pick up a clean sheet, and Tuesday night gave us even more confidence at the back. But hopefully we can get some goals at the other end on Saturday and pick up the win we want for the fans."


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