Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood says he’s grown frustrated with the lack of first team football he’s getting at the moment.
After joining in August from Huddersfield Town, Norwood enjoyed a fine start to his Reading career, stunning fans with his incredible range of passes.
But since the arrival of Steve Clarke, the 23-year-old’s form as taken a turn for the worst, leading him to be dropped for a midfield duo of Danny Williams and Nathaniel Chalobah. Fans have grown frustrated with shoddy performances in recent weeks.
Norwood told Get Reading: “It’s very frustrating. I can’t really say too much to be honest but yes I’m frustrated.
“I’ve just got to get on with it and when I do play I’ve got to make sure I stay in the team.
“But every game I’ve played I’ve lost recently so I’m not really helping myself.”
On why he’s been left out, the Northern Ireland international said: “You have to ask the gaffer about that.
“It’s not my decision. Like I say, I’m frustrated but I can’t say too much.
“It’s football, it’s part and parcel of the job. You’re never going to play every game.
“The gaffer wants to build a squad so going forward it’s probably good for the team.
“So I’ve just got to play well, but at the minute it’s not going my way in terms of results.”
After a poor 3-0 defeat to Norwood’s old side Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, a game that Norwood did start, Reading are down to 15th place in the Sky Bet Championship and have accumulated 40 points this season.
The Royals face Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, in what could prove to be a challenging fixture for Dougie Freedman’s revitalised side.
Forest are unbeaten in their last five Championship games and are looking to finish the 2014/15 campaign in a strong fashion, just like how they started the season.