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Aston Villa 3-0 Reading FC: Player Ratings

The defenders stand out (just) in a disappointing display.

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Vito Mannone: 5

Apart from the mistake for the third goal, he made some great saves and kept the scoreline from being a cricket score.

Tyler Blackett: 4

I really didn’t appreciate the clearing of the ball across the penalty area. Left his man a few times and couldn’t get forward.

Liam Moore: 5

Made some effective blocks to stop the scoreline becoming embarrassing. It was nice in a weird kind of way to see that he was showing the same frustrations as the fans who’d travelled at full time.

Tiago Ilori: 5

Paired up well with Moore to make some important tackles and clearances.

Chris Gunter: 4

Similarly to Blackett, Gunter wasn’t able to get forward after the red card, and was left to soak up wave after wave of Villa attack.

Leandro Bacuna: 4

A forgettable performance back at his old club. Nothing to report.

Dave Edwards: 3

Two really silly tackles from the experienced midfielder which saw him sent off in the first half. He’s come out and apologised so we can move on from it. Oh, and he’s a fellow Salopian so he’s automatically forgiven by me.

George Evans: 4

The shape of the midfield changed completely when we went down to 10 men, and Evans struggled to make any kind of impact.

Sone Aluko: 4

Back to the Aluko we’ve come to know and definitely not love this season. I preferred the one we saw on Good Friday if I’m honest.

Mo Barrow: 5

Reading’s only real attacking threat, but nothing particularly effective.

Sam Smith: 4

Struggled up front on his own in a difficult 45 minutes on the pitch.

Subs

Pelle Clement: 4

He was definitely trying, but his efforts came to nothing.

Liam Kelly: 4

I didn’t even realise he’d come on to be honest.

Chris Martin: N/A

I think he touched the ball once?!

Average: 4.23

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