Jordan Obita on Saturday's test against the Villans in BirminghamReading left-back Jordan Obita is looking for the squad’s positivity to help them bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Villa Park.
Despite a tough result at Carrow Road last weekend, Obita says the team must have confidence in themselves to deliver the kind of performance that has seen them pick up so many good results in the Sky Bet Championship this season.
“Positivity has been a massive theme for us this season,” said Obita. “The way we’ve been playing, passing, scoring goals and creating chances and also generally looking strong defensively.
“We’re disappointed with the result against Norwich but we’ve got to move on and forget about it to make sure we get a result on Saturday. We’ll be taking a good number of supporters too, so we’ll be working our socks off to get that result that we deserve for this season.
“The spirit is always good in the camp, obviously we we’re all disappointed, especially on the Sunday during recovery, but the gaffer said to us we’re a good team and we’ve got to be positive in everything that we do. The focus is trying to get that result at the weekend now."
This clash with Villa will be the first of back-to-back games over the bank holiday weekend, with Reading due to face Rotherham at Madejski Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Obita knows it will be a challenge for the Royals to stay fresh for the Rotherham game, but believes there is enough strength in depth within the squad to glean results from both fixtures as Reading look to consolidate their play-off space.
“We move on and prepare for the games this weekend, obviously we’ve got a game on Saturday and on Monday so it’s going to be tough, but we go again and try and get the points.
“It’s all about getting the result from the Villa game first,” said the defender. “We need to make sure we get points on the table and then we’ve got a quick turnaround. We’ll come back and complete a good recovery and be fresh for the Monday game.
“We’re always sharp, we’ve got good players here and a big squad. Everybody will be used over this next few weeks, these last five games will be tough so hopefully we can put a few more points on the table.
“It’s the first time for me playing at Villa Park,” Jordan continued. “I’ll be looking forward to it and we’ll be confident and positive in everything we do and also work hard. They’ve got qualities and Villa Park will be a tough place to go with a good atmosphere.”