From The Dressing Room: Nathan Oduwa
After starting the last two league games against Finn Harps and Cork City, Lilywhites winger Nathan Oduwa believes that Dundalk supporters are beginning to see him at his best. He spoke to DFC Magazine ahead of Friday night’s penultimate home game of the SSE Airtricity League season against Bohemians.
First and foremost we got the victory in Cork on Tuesday night but speaking personally, it was my second start in a row, which was good. I’ve been working hard and we have a good group of players here. Everyone is fighting for a place and the competition is healthy.
The game at Turner’s Cross was similar to the previous one with Finn Harps. Cork worked very hard off the ball and they restricted space but they got a bit tired in the second half and we were able to open them up and we didn’t force it as much as we did against Finn Harps.
Once we got the first goal, the second one came almost straight after because Cork had to come out a bit more. That left the space open for us. Patience was the key. We’re a team that likes to keep the ball and to try and find the space in behind. We ended with the win and that was the most important thing. We’ve been training well recently and we just want to keep the momentum going now against Bohemians.
I started on the right against Cork. I don’t really mind where I’m playing, as long as I’m on the pitch! I can operate on the left, on the right and through the middle and I thought myself and Sean Gannon played really well and we had a good understanding with each other which can only be healthy for the team.
We’re going into a really busy schedule now but as a player, I just want to play as much as possible. We have three European games coming up that are back to back and in between those we have some league and cup games but we have a big squad and we’ll be able to cope. Before I came here I hadn’t played much football so the busy schedule is actually good for me because it consistently gets some minutes into my legs.
I think our supporters are beginning to see the best of not just me, but the team as a whole. You can see what Filippo has done with us and what way he wants us to play and the way he wants us to try and control games. Even off the ball, I’ve been impressed with the way we’ve started to press. Even if teams beat our press we have got back into shape and tried to recover the ball as quickly as possible.
We’re in third place at the moment with a couple of games in hand but we just need to take it game by game, starting with Bohemians this evening. They’ve been having a good season. You don’t sit in second place for that long through luck; they’ve really earned it and they’ll come up here and attack us. They’re a good team but we’re also a good team and it might suit us better because we like it when the game is a bit more open. There’ll be more spaces for us to attack so we’ll see how it goes.
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