Emi Martinez kept his second clean sheet in a row for Reading over the weekend, as he continues his near-perfect start on loan at the Championship club.
Martinez has only conceded one goal in three games with Reading so far, an unstoppable injury-time equaliser against Bolton Wanderers. Since then, he’s kept clean sheets against Aston Villa and most recently Sheffield Wednesday.
It hasn’t been easy though, considering Reading’s position at 22nd in the table. They don’t exactly have a top class defence, and it took a couple of impressive saves to avoid defeat in each of the last two matches:
— Eddie Wallbank (@EddieRFC7) February 9, 2019
It’s definitely early days for Martinez with his new club, but 15 saves, five high claims and just one goal conceded makes for an impressive first three matches. If he keeps this kind of form up for the remainder of the season, he may well get a chance to replace Petr Cech and compete with Bernd Leno for starts at Arsenal.
Next up, Reading face 13th-placed Blackburn Rovers at home, with the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time in well over a month. Martinez says he’s relishing the opportunity.
“We had a good game against Aston Villa last time we were at Madejski Stadium, and we’ll be looking for the three points against Blackburn at home,” the loanee told the Reading website. “We know it’s going to be a tough game for us. But we’ve gained points away from home, and we’re not afraid of anyone.”
“Confidence is good. When I came here, it surprised me how good a group we have. Everyone gets on well. I feel at home and it’s a great group. That’s why everyone is confident that we’ll get out of this situation.”