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Ipswich Town 2-2 Reading FC: Player Ratings

Liam Kelly and the new boys impress as Reading twice come from behind to fetch a point.

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Ali Al-Habsi: 6

A quiet afternoon for the Omani. Nothing he could have done about the two goals and looked comfortable playing out from the back. Produced a decent save to deny Emyr Huws a debut goal.

Chris Gunter: 5

Asked to play out of position as a centre back and looked out of place. Tried to play forward when possible, but caught out of position numerous times and was turned inside out by Tom Lawrence for the first goal.

Liam Moore: 6

The most composed player in the back three, he dealt with any threats offered by David McGoldrick and won pretty much every aerial duel; solid if unspectacular performance.

Tyler Blackett: 4

Poor form continued with another sub par performance. Took too much time on the ball, rarely looked to pass forward and played the team into trouble several times. Gave Lawrence too much space for Town’s second.

Danny Williams: 5

Also out of position as the right wing back; he put in a decent shift. Caught out of position occasionally, which was to be expected. Typical Danny performance – lots of running with very little end product.

Jordon Mutch: 6

A solid debut capped off with a well-worked goal. Poor in the first half and gave the ball away too often. Grew as the game wore on and looked comfortable dictating the tempo in the second 45.

Liam Kelly: 7

Once again the standout player for Reading; he kept the team ticking over and pressed the Ipswich defence multiple times. Nearly scored a spectacular volley at 1-0 just before half time.

Jordan Obita: 6

Broke a three year scoring drought with a stunning 30-yard strike to level the scores at 2-2, but was less impressive in his own half. Anonymous in the first half and looked scared to take on his man.

John Swift: 5

Picked up an injury early on and subbed at half time. Looked off the pace and was caught dawdling on the ball several times. Looked a shadow of the player we saw at Birmingham.

Garath McCleary: 5

Another player who had a quiet game, he was rarely involved in the first half. Showed glimpses of his talent but rarely tested the opposition defence. Put in a few excellent crosses in the second half.

Yann Kermorgant: 5

Largely at fault for the first goal after giving the ball away from a Reading corner to start the counter attack. Won almost every header, but never in the right place when needed going forward.

Substitutes

Lewis Grabban: 7

Replaced Swift at half time and looked lively up top. Lovely assist to play in Mutch for the first goal and caused the Ipswich defence problems throughout the half. Solid debut.

George Evans: N/A

Not on the pitch long enough.

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Average Rating: 5.6

Best and worst performances from 2016/2017:

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

6.6 - Wigan A (W 3-0)

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

5.9 - AVERAGE

4.8 - QPR H (L 0-1)

4.7 - Brentford A (L 1-4)

4.4 - Fulham A (L 0-5)

Season's Ratings:

PR post-Ipswich