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‘We worked our socks off,’ says Obita

16 September 2015

Defender reflects on defeat to Derby

A single-goal defeat at Madejski Stadium at the hands of Derby County left Royals defender Jordan Obita frustrated on Tuesday evening – but he felt that the team should take pride in their efforts.

Reading had to play 45 minutes a man light, after Orlando Sa’s dismissal on the stroke of half-time.  The Royals matched the Rams and continued to work openings, but ultimately it was a strike from Tom Ince which settled the fixture in the second period.

“We’re disappointed, but I thought as a team with 10 men – and even with 11 – we worked our socks off,” Obita explained.  “It probably wasn’t the result that we deserved but we’ve got to try and forget this and kick on now, keep doing the same and hopefully the results will start going our way again.

“The manager told us at half-time to run our socks off.  They kept dropping and dropping because we’ve got quality upfront to cause a real threat; the chances didn’t go in today but I’m sure that in the coming games we’ll be scoring goals again.

“With the same performances we can get the results – we always look to perform to the best we possibly we can.  We want to do more, we want to create more but also be solid at the back – and we did that for large parts of Tuesday, and on Saturday we’ll be looking to do that again.

“We’ve got a lot of quality throughout the squad, there’s a great spirit in the side as well – so looking ahead for Saturday, we’ll be looking for a positive result.”

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