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Obita says squad are focused on Forest

28 October 2016

Reading defender says Royals are confident ahead of return to league action

Royals full-back Jordan Obita is ready to get back to league action on Saturday at Madejski Stadium with the Royals focussed on trying to get a result against Nottingham Forest.

Obita is enjoying life under manager Jaap Stam and believes the team is steadily improving week-in week-out under his guidance. The left-back says the squad are learning a lot from Dutchman and can see the effects of their playing style on opposition teams.

 “The league is our main priority and we’re really focussed on it,” said Obita. “We’re going to go into the game with confidence, I’ve been enjoying the style of play and the passing football, not many players these days want to play the ball long, it’s about possession football and trying to be patient with the ball.

“The longer you keep the ball the more tired the opposition will be, we’ve noticed that a lot this season,” he continued. “Other teams are getting tired towards the 60th minute whilst we’re still feeling pretty fresh. We can still improve on what we are doing at the moment we need to try and penetrate their defence more but I think the way we’ve been playing is good.”

Obita scored his only goal for the Royals against Forest back in November 2013 at the City Ground, a goal that the defender still remembers fondly. The Royals academy graduate doesn’t want to dwell on the past too much however with the squad all motivated to try and move as high up the Championship table as possible.

“It was a nice feeling to score that goal and it helped us win the game,” reflected the 22-year-old. “I try to look forward now though and see how I can affect the game on Saturday.

“A lot of teams sit back so we try and use the space out wide. We also try to drag teams out and think about the right time and when to go forward. I try from left back to get forward get shots away and try and make chances for the strikers and midfielders.  

“We’re in the top half of the table at the moment and we want to keep pushing,” Jordan continued. “It’s been good to have a run in the cup and obviously the FA Cup is coming up in January too so we will be looking forward to that as well.”

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