Derik Osede - We were unlucky against Reading

Spanish defender offers his thoughts to after narrow defeat to the Royals

Speaking to the club’s official website following the final whistle against Reading on Saturday afternoon, Derik Osede believes Wanderers deserved more against the Royals.

Forced to play with ten men for three-quarters of the game after Rob Holding’s early dismissal, Bolton kept the visitors at bay until the 90th minute of the clash when Ola John’s 30-yard effort broke the deadlock.

Left bitterly disappointed at eventually losing the game, the Spaniard was adamant that the performance produced by the Whites was worthy of a share of the spoils at the very least.

“It was a difficult game for us because we played with ten men for nearly 70 minutes, but I think we did well even with one man less," he explained.

“We need to take that positive from the game – we kept a good shape and that was one of the most important things for us.

“Even though they had one man more than us, because we have worked hard on our shape in training for many days I think we showed the people and the fans that we can do well.

“We have had a lack of shape until recently and because we have worked hard on it, we did well in terms of our formation too. We have been unlucky but that is football.”

Starting the game in midfield as opposed to his natural centre-half berth, Derik admitted that he is simply happy to be out there on the field of play.

“I have played in midfield before when I was young, but I don’t mind where I play – wherever the gaffer tells me to play, I will do my best to help the team," said the Spaniard. "I’m comfortable anywhere on the pitch.”

He added, “In defence, Niall Maher did very well at right back – I am very glad for him because he has worked hard to get here.”

Finally, reflecting on the team’s next Sky Bet Championship fixture away at Griffin Park on Tuesday evening, the defender stressed the importance of taking the positives from the clash with the Royals as Bolton look to secure a first away victory of the season.

“We will work hard for Brentford – we are going to give our all to get the three points as that is the most important thing,” he said.

“Between now and the end of the season, we are going to look game by game – the team will be working on that because that is what we are paid for and we will continue to give our all.”

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