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Reading FC 2-2 Leeds United: Player Ratings

Two individuals in attack put in much improved performances but concerns remain in defence.

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Anssi Jaakkola: 6

Two smart saves offset by nearly gifting Leeds a goal at the end. Always looked vulnerable with the ball at his feet. At the moment he still looks very much a second choice Championship ‘keeper, but a run of games might improve him.

Leandro Bacuna: 5

Good cross for the equaliser, but he didn’t track Adam Forshaw for Leeds’ first goal nor close down Pablo Hernández enough for their second. Was all over the place positionally, which due to my low seat, I couldn’t determine whether it was down to him forgetting he was at right back or man marking Hernández. Either way it’s not usual to see a right back on the opposite flank in your own half.

Tiago Ilori: 5

Last season he looked seriously classy on the ball, if a bit suspect defensively. He now looks an accident waiting to happen when in possession and hasn’t improved the more important defensive side of his game, which begs the question: what does he bring to the side?

Liam Moore: 7

His body language screams frustration and who can blame him? A calming presence at the back and a rare player who has not gone backwards this season.

Chris Gunter: 6

Linked up well with Mo Barrow in the first half, including an excellent pass that almost led to Jón Daði Böðvarsson scoring a second. Should have done better against Samuel Sáiz just before half time when the Spaniard hit the post.

George Evans: 6

Industrious performance almost capped with a fine goal. Tired in the second half and with him being on a yellow card it was probably the right decision to take him off.

Liam Kelly: 6

His first half display brought back memories of his superb game in the corresponding match last season. Less influential after the break.

Pelle Clement: 7

Possibly his best game in a Reading shirt. Worked hard and was tidy in possession. Still looks a little lightweight for the Championship and it’s hard to pinpoint his main strength, but credit where credit’s due, he was one of our better players and John Swift was not the upgrade you might have expected.

Sone Aluko: 7

Pinpoint assist for Böðvarsson’s goal and pass to play in Bacuna for Reading’s second goal. Still not as involved as much as you would want, but for once there were signs of the quality that his career shows he has. His biggest problem maybe that Reading paid a transfer fee far beyond his real value and he is now saddled with expectations above his real ability.

Jón Daði Böðvarsson: 7

One of Jaap Stam’s biggest mistakes was to lose faith in Böðvarsson after he missed a couple of sitters against Bristol City in September. His career to date shows he has never been prolific, but his all round game and ability to link up means he’s an asset to the team. He impresses me every time and like all our Icelandic players has a wonderful attitude.

Modou Barrow: 6

Laurens De Bock could not handle him in the opening 45 minutes. Every time he got on the ball he looked dangerous. His delightful cross for Böðvarsson deserved a goal, but he should have done better with his one-v-one. As so often, he tired enormously as the game went on and maybe should have been withdrawn for Danny Loader.

Substitutes

Dave Edwards: 5

Struggled to get into the game.

John Swift: 5

Like Edwards, never got into the swing of things to such an extent that Radio Berkshire were wondering whether we should have left Clement on instead of him.

Average rating: 6.00

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