JORDAN Obita slammed the match officials in the wake of Reading FC’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest today (Saturday).

Referee Dean Whitestone’s controversial decision to award the visitors a late corner led to Forest captain Ben Watson putting his side in front.

But in an unexpected twist, Reading went straight down the other end and Obita’s cross was bundled into his own net by Tobias Figueiredo.

The last-gasp leveller means Royals are now unbeaten in their last seven games as they continue to push towards the top half of the table.

And Obita said: “We never give up. We keep going and we try to score as many goals as we can.

“We were gutted when they scored. It wasn’t a corner in the first place. The officials got it completely wrong.

“We deserve it. That’s the spirit we have, we keep grafting. There’s no reason why we can’t keep pushing up.

“The belief in the squad is sky-high so we want to keep getting points and push closer towards the play-off places.”

Royals were under the cosh in the first half and escaped several near misses as Forest continually threatened to open the scoring.

John Swift made a last-ditch tackle to take the ball away from Sammy Ameobi in the dying embers of the half to keep the tie level.

“We started slowly,” groaned Obita.

“But we improved massively in the second half and we looked likely to get a goal or too.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t to be but we still managed to get a point in the end.”

Obita was introduced in the second half and was deployed on the left wing, the position he began his career in with the Royals.

He continued: “If the manager tells me to play left wing-back, left-back or on the wing then that’s where I have to play.

“I just go out and try to impress him every time I’m on the pitch.

“There’s lots of competition at the moment. Tyler Blackett is doing really well but me and Omar Richards are working hard too.

“We push each other and try to get the best out of each other.”