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Hard work continues, says Obita

24 July 2016

Defender looks back at Wimbledon defeat and on to Bournemouth friendly

Royals defender Jordan Obita was disappointed in the nature of the Royals’ friendly defeat to AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow on Saturday – but vowed that the team will continue their hard pre-season preparations and play for a better result against Premier League opponents Bournemouth at Madejski Stadium next Friday.

League 1 Dons netted twice in the first half – and there was nothing especially intricate about either of the goals.  It was two direct balls forward that allowed Dean Parrett and Dom Poleon to find the net for the hosts.

“It was a tough game and they made it really hard for us,” Obita reflected.  “They just sat in and waited for us to make mistakes – and the two goals we gave away were from mistakes.  We gave the ball away high and we were quite open.

“But we tried to play the right way and how the gaffer wants us to play.  We’re going to keep trying to pass the ball and move and hopefully we can perform better than we did today.

“We have had games already and training sessions where we have passed the ball – today we came up against a tough opponent who probably know how we play.  They capitalised on it and got their two goals.

“We go on – it’s best to get a loss now than it is early on in the season.  Sometimes it can be hard to get back onto form, but over the next week we will be working hard and trying to get a result next Friday.”

That Friday-night meeting with the Cherries will be Jaap Stam’s first home fixture as Royals boss – Obita is looking forward to the team testing themselves against a top-tier opponent.

He also believes that this new-look Royals will continue to get stronger as they play more and more together – and could be a force to be reckoned with once everything clicks.

“It will be two teams that like to pass the ball,” said Obita of Friday’s visitors Bournemouth.  “They have signed some unbelievable players and they are in the Premier League for a reason.  It will be a tough game but these are the types of games we enjoy.  Hopefully everyone else will enjoy it too.

“Everything takes times – we have a new gaffer and new players and we are trying to gel together.  We are trying to do the right things and hopefully when it all gels together we can kick on and on and take that into the season.”

For ticket details of our pre-season friendly against our Premier League visitors AFC Bournemouth, click here.

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