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Brentford 4-1 Reading FC: Player Ratings

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We've discussed the tactics and key moments, now it's time for the players to be rated and slated for the loss at Griffin Park.

Brentford v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ali Al-Habsi - 5

Hardly to blame for the goals, and while a Premier League class keeper may have kept them out Reading obviously don't have that. Deserves credit for keeping the score at 0-2 early in the second-half with a couple of decent stops.

Chris Gunter - 4

Hung out far too wide when in possession, making few runs and combining too infrequently. Also, in defence he made little to no vital interceptions and was often simply bypassed.

Paul McShane - 5

Never shirked and found himself a tad overworked in possession, rarely given a clear outlet going forward. In defence, the Irishman was a tad haphazard and went completely missing for the goals.

Liam Moore - 5

See above, and it felt like the ex-Leicester man was increasingly flustered by those around him having a fervent inability to prevent balls reaching his markers.

Jordan Obita - 5

Better than Gunter going forward but struggled in defence, for example he was utterly hapless in their third goal.

Joey van den Berg - 3

Booked early on and subbed off at half-time, there can be almost no doubt that the Dutchman's a walking liability on nights like this. Bar one goal-saving challenge, very little went right in his passing and positioning.
A midfield anchor man not even in shot for the first two goals? Not good enough.

George Evans - 4

Gave the ball away with an attempted deft header the second goal having so nearly grabbed the opener with a deft header minutes earlier. Sadly ineffective both at the centre and the flanks of the 4-3-3.

John Swift - 4

Putting it simply, Swift tried too hard on his return to Brentford. Picking up a soft yellow card and pinging Hollywood balls into all corners of the ground, this is one to erase from the England U21 midfielder's memory.

Callum Harriott - 5

Perhaps lacking a bit of confidence or fitness having not played so often this season, but thankfully there's an strong enough essence of talent present in the winger. Hitting the post with a sharp stab at goal, Harriott's a work in progress and seems to be a justified one.

Roy Beerens - 5

Flashes of quality yet sadly nothing to change the course of this game.

Yann Kermorgant - 5

Took his penalty well having cut a frustrated figure for the most part, getting far more involved when the game opened up late on to little avail.

Substitutes

Stephen Quinn - 6

A much sparkier, willing runner than most who smartly won a penalty and dealt a lesson in how to play the central midfield role that we should really see him start in next time out.

Joseph Mendes & Dom Samuel - N/A

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: 4.7

Best and worst performances from 2016/2017:

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

6.6 - Brighton & Hove Albion (W 2-1)

6.6 - Barnsley A (W 2-1)

6.0 - AVERAGE

5.5 - MK Dons H (D 2-2)

5.2 - Wolverhampton Wanderers A (L 0-2)

4.7 - Brentford A (L 1-4)

Season's Ratings (click for a larger version):