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.
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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