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Obileye praises leader Reid

Centre-back Ayo Obileye has been talking to the Daily Echo about Eastleigh's form since switching to a back three and his recent goalscoring exploits.

Obileye has noted the impact that Paul Reid has made to the team since he returned from Whitehawk.


“Reidy is the leader of the three of us but we all talk to each other, it’s been going great for us.

“Reidy’s a good player and a good leader, a real defender, so it’s good to have him there helping.

“I played in a back three at Dagenham so I’m familiar with it. I’m comfortable with both feet - my left is as strong as my right.”

Obileye has scored four goals in 14 appearances for Eastleigh this season and has two in his last two games.

“I was a striker as a kid so when I’m in the penalty box I’m quite comfortable,” he said.

“There have been a lot of changes but we’ve all knuckled down and worked hard and it’s showing with our performances on the pitch.

“After four managers [this season] people are looking at us as if it’s a jolly up, but the boys are together a bit more now.

“The gaffer (Richard Hill) has been good to us and we’re giving him the work ethic back. We’re looking to stay unbeaten till the end of the season, that’s the main thing for us.”

Eastleigh defender has the 'goal-den' touch

AYO Obileye loves his role in Eastleigh 's new-look formation - and his career-best goal tally is an added bonus. The defender impressed on the left of the Spitfires' back three in last Saturday's 1-1 National League draw with Gateshead, while extending Eastleigh's unbeaten record to four games with his second goal in five days.

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