Obileye happy with Pompey shutout
12:00 12 February 2015
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On loan defender satisfied with display on Tuesday night and discusses partnership with Scott Doe
Dagenham & Redbridge defender Ayo Obileye was pleased his side managed to keep a clean sheet against Portsmouth on Tuesday night and enjoyed his battle with prolific marksman Matt Tubbs.
Andy Awford’s team had Tubbs and Ryan Taylor up front at Victoria Road, but Obileye and Scott Doe ensured they didn’t get a sniff at goal.
The 20-year-old, whose loan from Charlton Athletic was extended until the end of the season earlier in the week, was happy with shut out and how his partnership with Doe is improving.
Obileye said: “I am buzzing with a clean sheet. I am happy with that. Matt Tubbs and Ryan Taylor were decent, but we kept them in our pockets and they didn’t score and that was great for us.
“I kept head butting Matt Tubbs at times by accident, but me and Scott had him in our pocket and it is another clean sheet so it is good.
“Our partnership is getting better week by week and we are working hard in training and getting on each others backs to keep it up.”
Chances were few and far between at Victoria Road and a goalless draw was a fair result in the end.
But Obileye might have given Daggers the lead in the second period, but he couldn’t connect with Andre Boucaud’s corner.
He added: “It just missed my head and I was hoping I was going to get on the end of it because I thought that was going to be a goal!
“But I feel I am getting stronger and working hard. I am getting better at defending and heading the ball.
“This loan is all for my development and I am happy with that and I am going to keep working hard.”
Obileye is understandably delighted with how things have gone at Victoria Road after initialling joining halfway through November on a one-month youth loan.
He has become a mainstay in Wayne Burnett’s side and is pleased he gained the trust of the Daggers boss after making his debut as a substitute at AFC Wimbledon on November 15.
“When I came here it wasn’t just to get minutes, but it was for my development. At first I started off on the bench and I had to work hard to show the gaffer I was ready,” Obileye added.
“It wasn’t a thing where I came to the club and I was straight in. I had to prove myself to the gaffer and get him to believe in me.
“I am now with ‘Doey’ playing four at the back. We were playing three, but now it is four and it seems to be more solid.
“We are trying to keep this consistency up and get more clean sheets and goals.”