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Reading 2-2 Stoke City: Player Ratings

A late goal salvages a draw for the Royals, but it was a mixed bag of individual performances for Reading.

Reading v Stoke City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images

Anssi Jaakkola - 6

Nothing much he could do about either goal, and made the stops he had to. With such a diminutive strikeforce for much of the game, Jaakkola had clearly been told to distribute the ball short, which caused a few nervous moments.

Andy Yiadom - 5

The good and the bad from Yiadom, especially in the second half. Stoke’s second goal came after a needless mix-up between him and Tiago Ilori, but his presence and danger in the opposition half eventually led to Reading’s late equaliser.

Tiago Ilori - 4

Looked completely bereft of confidence throughout the match, making numerous errors including one diabolical pass which led straight to a chance for Benik Afobe. Seems he needs a strong presence alongside him in central defence, which Blackett doesn’t provide.

Tyler Blackett - 5

Made a couple of crucial interventions but, like Ilori, didn’t fill anyone with confidence when taking too long on the ball or attempting to play out from the back.

Chris Gunter - 5

Got little support from midfield or attack down the left flank for most of the game, which often led to him being caught out of position or doubled up.

John Swift - 4

One pot-shot from 20 yards aside, did very little in attack and left Gunter completely isolated in defence.

Andy Rinomhota - 7

Energetic right to the final whistle, always showed willing to get the ball and drive it forward, most notably with his exceptional skill to set up the Royals’ first goal.

Leandro Bacuna - 5

Passing was often wayward but did a decent job tracking runners in the midfield.

Danny Loader - 5

Full of running and showed neat touches but did little to affect the game in the opposition half.

Marc McNulty - 6

Fed off scraps for most of his time on the pitch, as Reading failed to provide him with adequate service as the lone front man. Took his goal very well, though.

Garath McCleary - 5

Much like Loader, lots of effort but little end product.


Modou Barrow - 6

Gave Stoke something to worry about down the left wing; good timing and finish to rescue a point in the dying seconds.

Yakou Meite - 6

Offered a physical presence up front which only Jon Dadi Bodvarsson can match in the current squad - much needed when all we seem to do is aimlessly hoof it forward. Made the goal and almost scored before that too.

Sam Baldock - 5

Little impact.

Man of the Match - Stoke City (H)
Anssi Jaakkola
Andy Rinomhota
Marc McNulty
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