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Birmingham City 2-1 Reading: Player Ratings

Here’s how Becka rated the players after Reading’s midweek defeat in the West Midlands.

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Anssi Jaakola: 5

Made a couple of decent saves, and I don’t think he could’ve done anymore for both goals. Looked a little shaky when clearing.

Tyler Blackett: 5

Not quite as assured as other Blackett performances we’ve seen this season. Looked out of ideas going forward and made a few mistakes.

Liam Moore: 5

Good defensive display in the first half, but faded after the break. Didn’t dominate at the back like he usually does.

Tiago Ilori: 5

Made an incredible last ditch tackle in the box which, if mistimed, would have been a definite penalty. However, similar to Moore, he didn’t seem as confident as usual and made some sloppy passes.

Andy Yiadom: 5

Picked up a yellow card early on in the game which probably affected his personal performance. Struggled to get forward.

Josh Sims: 5

Fantastic work-rate as usual, but he just didn’t have the strength to be completely effective. Pushed off the ball easily.

Leandro Bacuna: 5

Nothing memorable either positive or negative for Bacuna. Looked a little lost in the second half and struggled to make an impact in the middle.

Liam Kelly: 5

Battled well and put in a decent shift but like Sims, he really didn’t have much impact on the game.

John Swift: 6

Had a couple of decent efforts on goal and looked like a decent attacking threat. Also tracked back well and made some important tackles.

Yakou Meite: 6

Scored a great goal late on which was unfortunately only a consolation. Looked the most likely to score throughout the game and gave Birmingham City some problems.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: 5

Didn’t make an impact up top on his own. Good to see him back from injury though and hopefully he can get back to the form he was in before his spell on the sidelines.


Sam Baldock: 5

Added a little more strength up front and a bit more game time should help him get back to full fitness. Generated space for himself.

Garath McCleary: 5

Looked bright when he came on and added a few more ideas in the later stages. It was a shame he didn’t get more time to put his stamp on the game.

Sone Aluko: N/A

I felt reasonably sorry for Aluko, which is something I didn’t think I’d ever say. It’s fair to say he’s not had the best career in a Reading shirt to date, but it must be awful to hear you’re being booed by your own fans.

Average: 5.15

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