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Leeds United 3-2 Reading FC: Player Ratings

You've read Matt's report from yesterday's loss at Leeds, now here's how he rated the players.

Ali Al-Habsi: 6

A number of good saves yet again from the first-time captain, but could probably have done better with the one-on-one for the winner.

Garath McCleary: 6

The diamond formation meant that the makeshift full-back would have a busy afternoon, effectively covering two positions. He went forward well and posed a threat, but looked a little out of place defensively, allowing Taylor's cross in for the second Leeds goal. Not sure what you could expect, though, when playing a winger at right back.

Michael Hector: 6

A good goal, but he was part of the defence that really shouldn't have given Diagouraga or Wood that much space in the box. Gave it large to the Leeds fans after his goal, and they made him suffer for it when they went ahead.

Jake Cooper: 5

As with Hector, he was far too static dealing with the crosses for the first two goals. Unfortunate to slip over at the end to play Wood through.

Andrew Taylor: 6

Generally coped well going forward, and defensively was able to fill in for Obita pretty well. Was nowhere to be seen when Berardi crossed the ball in for the equaliser on his flank, however.

Oliver Norwood: 7

Better than some of his recent games. Good ball in for the opening goal, created other threats, and unlucky to have played a part in the late winner for Leeds.

George Evans: 6

Looked a little bit shaky at times, but a reasonable display for the youngster with no major mistakes.

Stephen Quinn: 7

Replaced Norwood on corner duty, and looked a lot better. As usual, industrious in his work, and found Rakels for Reading's second goal.

Lucas Piazon: 5

I still can't quite work out what Piazon offers us. Again lightweight and bullied off the ball far too easily, the only thing I can remember of note from yesterday was one miss.

Matej Vydra: 6

Took less of an advanced role than recently, creating more chances than usual and attempting fewer shots. Made a number of good opportunities for Simon Cox.

Simon Cox: 6

Put in a real shift yet again, and was unlucky not to score. Perhaps should have scored the one-on-one, but did well to beat several Leeds defenders later on before shooting wide.


Deniss Rakels: 7

Got the equaliser, and put himself around a little bit up front to cause a nuisance for the Leeds defenders. Benefitted from having a more attacking midfield behind him to create chances.

Ola John: 5

Only played the final 20 minutes, but still managed to look tired and struggled to beat players as easily as he has done recently.

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