Sam Walker: 6
Not at fault for the goal, and made some decent saves to keep the score down. Distribution wasn’t great.
Chris Gunter: 5
The lack of confidence in his game is evident and he should have been stronger defensively, including making a more decisive clearance to prevent the goal. He did still push forwards to a decent extent, but deliveries have to be better.
Tiago Ilori: 6
Looked tidy at the back, comfortable on the ball, and didn’t do much wrong.
Liam Moore: 6
Pretty much the same as Ilori, no major issues to report.
Andy Yiadom: 6
Below his usual standard, but still got forward well down the left in support of Modou Barrow.
Saeid Ezatolahi: 5
Not as defensively imposing as he was in his first two games for the club and didn’t create too much. Tried a few balls over the top to get the attack going, but to little effect.
Sone Aluko: 4
Anonymous, yet again, and brought off in the second half to jeers from the home crowd.
Leandro Bacuna: 4
Moved the ball around OK, but in a game like this you need him to take the play by the scruff of the neck and make things happen. He didn’t do that, and Reading lacked threat through the middle as a result.
Liam Kelly: 4
Also anonymous. Needed to come up with some ideas to get Reading moving and create some chances but came up seriously short.
Modou Barrow: 4
Didn’t make anything happen in the first half, a bit better in the second but not creative enough.
Yakou Meite: 5
Called in late for the injured Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, he worked hard, won a few aerial balls but struggled as a lone striker. Needs to refine his technique and hold-up play if he’s to have a proper impact in that role, rather than out wide where he looks more comfortable. Unlucky to see his second half shot hit the post.
Josh Sims: 5
Didn’t have much of an impact, although he was asked to play a more central role than usual. Really should have started in the first place.
John Swift: 6
Gave Reading some forward momentum and tried to make things happen, which had been so desperately lacking before his introduction. Brought a routine save out of the ‘keeper with a well-hit free-kick late on.
Marc McNulty: 5
Didn’t get into the game, but the chances didn’t come his way so harsh to mark him down too much.
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