Vito Mannone: 5
Put under unnecessary pressure by the defence but equally he didn’t look all too comfortable with the ball himself. Did his best to stop the first goal, was given no chance with the second and understandably wasn’t ready to deal with the third.
Chris Gunter: 5
Was beaten perhaps too easily, with a couple of through-balls bypassing him, but especially in the second half Gunter offered somewhat of a threat going forward in his wing-back role.
Liam Moore: 5
It’s hardly surprising that Moore’s confidence has taken a hit when the players around him look so shaky. Still, he still looked to drive Reading forward from the back and put in a couple of strong tackles.
Tiago Ilori: 4
Far, far too casual when passing the ball around the defence, thus giving Sheffield United a couple of opportunities that they really should have taken. You’ll nearly always get past Tiago, it seems.
Leandro Bacuna: 4
Struggled to really get going in the middle park, but it was his dipping free-kick that led to Omar Richards’ goal. Failed to convert the penalty too, of course, which wasn’t a terrible effort but was at the perfect height for Simon Moore to save.
Joey van den Berg: 4
Never afraid to get stuck in to a tackle (meaning he picked up his obligatory yellow card), but was too often a liability like the rest of the defence.
Liam Kelly: 7
After impressing on Saturday, Kelly was the stand-out player once again for Reading tonight, although on this occasion it wasn't that hard. Looked calm and comfortable in possession, making a number of key passes and also winning the penalty. Sheffield United clearly targeted the academy graduate, as he was subject to continuous fouls from the Blades.
Pelle Clement: 3
A player I really don’t think is made to play Championship football. Or in the cold. Couldn’t put a foot, or pass, right all night.
Garath McCleary: N/A
The winger lasted just six minutes before being forced off injured. Quelle surprise.
Chris Martin: 4
Suffered from a lack of service, but equally didn’t put in that much effort or try that hard to create opportunities for himself. Spurned a good chance late on.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: 4
See Chris Martin.
Omar Richards: 6
Could be criticised for not closing down Mark Duffy enough to allow the Sheffield United winger to score, but in general it was another fairly promising performance from Richards. Took his first ever Madejski Stadium goal very well from a difficult angle.
George Evans: 5
Proved a calming influence for the final twenty minutes, preventing Sheffield United from increasing the scoreline further.
Sam Smith: 5
Was full of running when he came on for the final quarter of an hour, and pressed the visitors’ defence well, but ultimately he could make little impact with the contest already over.
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