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AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Reading FC: Player Ratings

Tariqe Fosu, John Swift and Danny Williams were some of the few players who looked okay in a disappointing Reading performance.

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Ali Al-Habsi: 5

Didn't do much wrong from the goalkeeping side of his game but some of his passing in the first half was woeful. He must improve otherwise Stam will either have to drop him or the idea of passing from the back.

Tennai Watson: 6

Seemed to suffer from a bout of self-doubt after the second goal but improved in the second half. Twice got well forward, putting one superb cross that should have been turned in. Looks ready for league football, but maybe could do with a loan spell before be asked to become a Championship regular.

Paul McShane: 5

Wimbledon's second goal once again proved that he struggles when asked to defend high. Looked comfortable if unspectacular on the ball.

Jake Cooper: 5

A performance that was reminiscent of last season but he wasn't as bad as the boo boys would have you believe. As always he looked ungainly and like a young man still growing into his body. He'll get better with experience if you can accept that, like Alex Pearce, he'll end up a decent Championship, not Premier League, defender.

Jordan Obita: 6

Didn't really do much right or wrong. Got forward less than Watson but I think this was a deliberate tactic. His confident and relaxed body language makes it hard to believe he's still only 22.

Oliver Norwood: 6

Petulant display that could have seen him twice booked for dissent. As always showed he has quality. If he's going to play the quarterback role then he's going to have to dribble occasionally rather than just pass the ball. One wonderful cross field pass to Fosu.

Danny Williams: 7

Played a very similar role to the one he did last pre-season. Asked to press high and attack at every opportunity. One nice drive and through pass to van den Berg which should have resulted in a goal. Yes he had his usual wasted long shots and moments when he lost the ball, but if he didn't do that he would be at a better team than Reading. Looked far happier than he did under McDermott.

Joey van den Berg: 6

Largely anonymous and should have scored in the first half. Didn't look mobile enough for the role he was being asked to play. Always tidy in possession though and is clearly going to be a much needed leader.

Tarique Fosu: 6

Reading's best attacker in the first half but he never got into the game after the break. He's clearly got the skill but there was a reason that Accrington Stanley didn't use him when they needed goals to win promotion. At times he can be style over substance. Hopefully with experience he'll become more ruthless.

Joseph Mendes: 6

Looked uncomfortable cutting in from the left but frightened Wimbledon every time he attacked down the right on the counter attack. Looked isolated when the game was played at a slower pace in and around Wimbledon's box.

John Swift: 6

A bit like Fosu in that his nice touches didn't really lead to anything. Was guilty on more than one occasion of keeping hold of the ball for too long. Showed some wonderful skill at times and will be entertaining to watch this season.


As you would expect Stephen Quinn was the standout substitute. I'd like to see him play the role van den Berg played rather than out on the wing which is where he played.

George Evans did okay when he replaced Norwood but at the moment looks like he lacks the extra quality the Northern Ireland international has. Deniss Rakels got about as he always does.

Jack Stacey once again looked at home and came closest to scoring with a good header that hit the post. I would like to see him given a chance next season. Liam Kelly showed some nice touches.

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