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Reading FC 0-1 Brentford: Player Ratings

How did all the players perform against Brentford?

2018 EFL Championship Football Reading v Brentford Jan 20th Photo by Simon West/Action Plus via Getty Images

Vito Mannone: 6

Looked a little uncomfortable with the ball at his feet at times, but made a couple of decent saves both before and after Brentford scored.

Chris Gunter: 6

After his hat-trick of assists in midweek, Gunter continued to get forward impressively and put a couple of dangerous balls into the in box. Found wanting in defence occasionally.

Liam Moore: 6

Was keen to push the team forward from defence with some good passes and driving runs. Also fulfilled his defensive duties well, putting in some crunching tackles and blocks throughout.

Tiago Ilori: 5

Most of Ilori’s afternoon was spent either passing the ball back to Mannone or hoofing it long to Mannone - there seemed to be no inbetween. Caught out a couple of times by Brentford’s attack.

Omar Richards: 6

Looked comfortable once again at left-back, so was disappointing to see a hamstring strain force him off at half-time.

Joey van den Berg: 5

One word. Liability. Having been booked in just the 10th minute, van den Berg looked like a red card waiting to happen as he continued to throw himself into challenges. He did improve as the game went on though, and appeared keen to get forward until being substituted.

George Evans: 5

In his first home league start since August, Evans was relatively anonymous and struggled to get into the game. He’s not a bad player and does keep things ticking over in the middle of the park, but he won’t come up with a match-winning moment for you.

Liam Kelly: 5

Saw a lot of the ball but unfortunately wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at times. All too often his deliveries into the box came to nothing, but he did come closest to scoring for Reading when he hit the bar with a free-kick in the second half.

Modou Barrow: 5

We saw glimpses of the pace and flair that we know Barrow possesses, but like the rest of the team he’s out of form and short on confidence. Lacked an end product, worrying considering that he’s our top scorer, and cut a dejected figure after seeing a golden opportunity go to waste late on.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: 6

Fully deserved a first league start in four games, and showed plenty to suggest that he should stay in the team in the future. Worked tirelessly and many of Reading’s best opportunities came from the Icelander. Unfortunately not everything came off for him, but a hell of a lot more lively than Kermorgant.

Sone Aluko: 5

It seems that every time I do the player ratings, I end up writing that Aluko didn’t do anything. He was involved in a couple of neat exchanges today, but at times just didn’t seem bothered.

Subs

Tyler Blackett: 6

Brought on at half-time for the injured Richards, Blackett proved his worth almost instantly with a superb block on the line to deny Florian Jozefzoon. Perhaps too easily bypassed during the lead up to Brentford’s goal though.

Roy Beerens: 4

Replaced Aluko, but was just as anonymous as the ex-Fulham man, if not more so. It baffles me every week how Adrian Popa doesn’t even get a look in.

Yann Kermorgant: 4

Perhaps a tad harsh considering that Kermorgant only arrived on the scene in the 77th minute, but the Frenchman added virtually nothing to an attack desperately seeking an equaliser.

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