Royals forward reflects on his Madejski Stadium bowNew Royals loanee forward Ola John is confident the Royals can go to fellow Championship high flyers Burnley and get a result, after the team’s positive performance against Everton on Tuesday night.
“Every game is difficult, even though Burnley have played in the Premier League, if we play like we played against Everton I think we can win,” said John when he spoke to Reading FC Player.
The Dutchman has enjoyed his time at Reading so far and is settling in well - the 23-year-old is impressed by his new manager and his brand of football.
“I’m settling in well, it’s a lovely team and a nice club. We lost the first game I started, but we can be happy with the performance,” he continued.
“Steve Clarke is very good to work for, he’s a great coach and knows a lot about football. He has worked with a lot of big players and coaches as well, so he’s good.
“I love the training here, it’s great for the defenders, attackers and midfielders, the playing style we have here is different to how it was at Benfica, but we play a lot of attacking football.”
Despite defeat against the Toffees in the midweek Capital One Cup clash, John felt the Royals performed well and deserved more from the game. The former FC Twente man was pleased to make his debut at the Madejski assisting Nick Blackman’s goal with an impressive run and cross.
“It’s sad we lost the game against Everton because I don’t think we deserved to lose but the dressing room is positive. It was a nice experience to play at home, Everton are a good team but in the first half we were dominating,” reflected John.
“We worked as a team well, we were really compact. They couldn’t work a lot through midfield because we made it really close in there. In the second half when Martinez bought on Gareth Barry and they saw more of the ball, I think that changed the game.
“The second half was a little bit more difficult, it showed every chance you have against teams like Everton you have to score because a top Premier League team can just make a chance and score out of nothing.”
After his eye-catching debut performance John feels there is more to come from him, and is raring to pull on the blue and white hoops again to show the fans and the manager what he can do.
“I think I have shown some of what I can do to the fans but I can do more, Everton was the first game of many I hope. I will continue to improve in training so there is more to come from me.
“I hope I will get a chance to play against Burnley but I’ll take my chances when I get them, game by game. We have to be ready for the game and Saturday is the next step for us.”