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QPR 0-0 Reading: Player Ratings

Here’s how we graded the Royals for the last time in 2018.

Queens Park Rangers v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Anssi Jaakkola: 7

Didn’t touch the ball in the first half. Called into action after the break with a couple of sharp saves from Wszolek and Freeman. Distribution nerve-racking, as usual.

Andy Yiadom: 6

Did what he always does. Energetic and pacey in defence, enthusiastic rather than penetrative in attack.

Tiago Ilori: 6

Calm and classy most of the time, but managed to provide a couple of trademark inexplicable passes straight to an opponent when under no pressure.

John O’Shea: 8

A rock at the heart of the defence. He oozed assurance and calm, and won everything that came near him in the air. Even managed a couple of playful long passes that turned defence into attack.

Omar Richards: 7

Obita-like performance. Nippy and reliable in defence, with a few moments of genuine wizardry in attack. Should have scored after a sharp one-two with McCleary.

Andy Rinomhota: 8

The Duracell rabbit made flesh, he never stops running. Another terrific all-action performance popping up everywhere at the right time.

John Swift: 8

Man of the match. There we all were, dreading what would happen with Swift in a deep-lying midfielder role, but he proved us all wrong with 90 minutes of classy passing, nippy footwork and those snaky glides past static defenders.

Garath McCleary: 5

He was captain for the day but didn’t rise to the occasion. Invisible in the first half. Saw more of the ball in the second, but no longer tortures full-backs by always getting to the byline.

Sone Aluko: 7

One of his best Reading games. The system seemed to suit him, playing as a deep-lying number 10. Kept the ball energetically and switched direction inventively. Final pass often let him down.

Modou Barrow: 6

Decent performance and forging a good partnership with Richards down the left. But still doesn’t seem as penetrative as last season’s Barrow.

Yakou Meite: 6

Huffed and puffed to little effect. Gave as good as he got while being buffeted by the agrarian Toni Leistner, but the creative spark has momentarily departed.

Substitutes

Danny Loader: N/A

Still not showing what everyone says he has. Missed a golden chance to win the game in the dying minutes.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: N/A

Brought on to give Jaakkola someone tall to kick to. Did that.

Josh Sims: N/A

Came on. That’s it.


Average: 6.72 (Highest of the season)

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