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Jordan lauds Royals’ versatility

22 November 2016

Obita reflects on win over Burton

When the team news filtered through ahead of last Saturday’s game, it wasn’t immediately clear how the Royals would be lining up.  But once the game kicked off, it quickly became apparent that we were playing in a different kind of formation to what we’ve seen in previous fixtures.

Jordan Obita and Tyler Blackett, who have both been battling out for the left-back berth for much of the season, were both included – Jordan lined up in a wing-back position, while Tyler took up one of the three centre-half roles in a back five.  And even with these tweaks, the Royals still dominated possession, chances, and ultimately the goal tally in a 3-0 win.

“I love the wing-back role because there’s a lot of space and freedom out wide,” said Obita.  “We’ve got players like Roy Beerens or Tyler Blackett who can give you passes and that helps me out a lot.

“Tyler can defend really well and he’s got really good distribution as well, which is good to help out me and the team.  The lads worked really hard and got the result.

“That’s one of the good things about our squad.  We’ve got players that can play in different formations.  That’s not just one – we’ve got a few that can play. 

“Against Burton I was playing a wing-back role and Tyler was at centre-back, and in a back-four either of us can play left-back.  We’ve got good depth.”

Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who was named as October’s Be Wiser Player of the Month ahead of the game, was rarely tested as the Royals’ defence put in another stubborn display.

A fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Championship – over six hours of football – was an especially pleasing statistic for the team.

“It’s unbelievable – it’s really tough to get that sort of stat in the Championship,” Jordan reflected.  “Every team is good on their day, but against Burton we were really good.

“We’ve been really solid at the back, and at the other end we’ve been scoring goals.  The quality we’ve got up front and in midfield is unbelievable.”

And now Reading return home once more this weekend – Bristol City the visitors.

“Every home game you play is a massive advantage for us, because most teams come here trying to defend because we have a lot of the ball,” he explained.

“But we believe in our team and in the players that play on the day can get a good result.”

Make sure you’re there for this one – don’t miss a minute.

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