Defender reviews Burnley parity and previews Cup tieBurnley became the ninth team to leave Madejski Stadium without finding the net on Saturday, as it ended in a goalless draw against the promotion-chasing Clarets.
Ali Al-Habsi’s penalty save kept the Royals’ sheet clean and helped Reading to a point – though left-back Jordan Obita felt that their efforts could have been more richly rewarded after a hearty battle.
“Because of the penalty, you could say it was a relief to get a point – but I think we outplayed Burnley,” said the ex-Academy man. “We were very good in possession of the ball and defensively we were good as well; sometimes we made mistakes but as a player you do make mistakes. We got a point against the team that’s at the top of the table.
“Every game we go into, we want to win. Sometimes performances aren’t up there, but as long as we get the three points or a draw, that’s the main thing. We don’t want to be dropping points – we want to gain them.
“Some players in their team were feisty and we had to match up. We had to stand up for ourselves and fight – that’s what this league is about.”
We now have two more important home fixtures on the spin – an FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, followed by a Tuesday-night visit from Rotherham in the following week.
“The atmosphere is always positive in the dressing room,” Jordan said. “Even in the last game [against Wolves] we got a clean sheet – it’s tough to get clean sheets in this league. We got another point on the table and we’ve got to take it game by game.
“We’ve got an FA Cup game against West Brom at the weekend, hopefully we can get a result in that game and keep the momentum going.”