clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Reading FC 2-2 MK Dons (4-2 On Pens): Player Ratings

New, comments

You've read our match report, now here's how Bucks rated the players in their win over MK Dons at the Mad Stad.

Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Anssi Jaakkola: 7

Didn't have much to do defensively, bar two high class saves, also saving a Dons penalty.

Tennai Watson: 6

A solid enough game for the youngster who looks very much at home at right back. Went very close with a long range hit in the second half, but otherwise didn't do much in the opposition's half.

Liam Moore: 6

Calm and composed on his Reading debut. Wasn't put under a lot of pressure defensively, but looked very accomplished on the ball.

Jake Cooper: 5

I'm hardly Jake Cooper's biggest fan, but I think the negative attitude he gets from the crowd is rather unfair. He is shaky on the ball, hence some wayward distribution and the backpass that led to MK Dons' penalty. That said, he coped well enough with the visitors' attacking play, limited though it was.

Jordan Obita: 5

Quiet night for Obita, whose evening peaked with the winning penalty in the shootout. Tried to get forward, but little impact in the final third.

Liam Kelly: 6

Before his injury, he looked like one of the best players on the pitch. Taking up George Evans' role, he was always bright and positive in possession, constantly looking to pick a pass, be it short or long. Also knew when to play the complicated ball and when not to. Set pieces were OK, but nonetheless on the basis of tonight it's clear he'll go far.

Danzell Gravenberch: 5

Played much higher up the pitch than you might think, in the Danny Williams role. Added physicality in the middle of the park, but didn't have much of a creative effect.

Stephen Quinn: 5

Kept things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park, but should be expected to do more, really, what with being the most experienced of the three midfielders. Nonetheless, it's great to have him back from injury.

Deniss Rakels: N/A

Looked sharp down the left wing before coming off injured. Real shame, because it looked like Reading might have found another interesting option to deploy. Is likely to be out for a few weeks.

Joseph Mendes: 4

4/10 is perhaps a little harsh for a youngster making his full debut in English football, but I couldn't really give Mendes any higher. His touch was often poor, he struggled to impose himself on the MK Dons backline, and he didn't really manage to threaten. Blew a golden opportunity at the end of normal time, and another in extra time. Looks at his best when challenging for aerial balls, but his play on the floor has to improve.

Callum Harriott: 7

Reading's brightest spark in the final third by a mile, although that's not saying a lot. Looked very bright in the opening stages, but faded at the game went on like his teammates did. Two great strikes to bring Reading level then put them in the lead, but otherwise quiet.

Substitutes

Roy Beerens: 5

Came on for the injured Deniss Rakels, and didn't make much of an impact at all.

George Evans: 5

Replaced Liam Kelly in the midfield, and had a similarly poor amount of influence on the game.

Danny Williams: 5

Brought on to replace Danzell Gravenberch in a straight swap, but didn't add anything.

Who was YOUR man of the match? Vote in our poll at the bottom of the page, and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Average Rating: 5.5

Best and worst performances from 2016/2017:

6.7 - Preston North End H (W 1-0)

6.4 - Plymouth Argyle H (W 2-0)

6.1 - Brighton & Hove Albion H (D 2-2)

6.0 - AVERAGE

5.6 - Newcastle United A (L 1-4)

5.5 - MK Dons H (D 2-2)

5.2 - Wolverhampton Wanderers A (L 0-2)

Season's Ratings: