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Cardiff City 0-0 Reading: Player Ratings

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Elphick’s impressive display leaves Mannone little to do.

Cardiff City v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Vito Mannone: 6

Did he make a single save?

Tiago Ilori: 6

Continued his revival under Paul Clement in an unfamiliar right back position. Kept Junior Hoilett quiet before picking up an injury.

Tommy Elphick: 7

The leader the defence has been missing in the absence of Paul McShane. Barely put a put a foot wrong.

Liam Moore: 7

For all the talk of Moore being a future Reading captain, it is noticeable how much better he looks next to a more experienced partner. Never looked in any danger.

Chris Gunter: 7

Kept Nathaniel Mendez-Laing quiet and made some good blocks. Started time wasting with just five minutes on the clock.

Joey van den Berg: 6

Twice gave the ball away cheaply in the first half. Otherwise offered good protection in front of the defence.

Leandro Bacuna: 6

Worked hard and moved seamlessly into right back when Illori went off.

Dave Edwards: 6

His pressing was vital in making sure the impressive Joe Ralls never got going.

Sone Aluko: 5

Tripped over the ball in a good position. Can’t really remember him doing much else.

Jón Daði Böðvarsson: 6

Often dropped deep to become a fourth midfielder.

Modou Barrow: 6

Like all Reading’s attacking players didn’t see much of the ball so never really got going.

Substitutes

Liam Kelly: 6

His substitution shows how out of favour George Evans is, as this was a game that required the midfield to be defensive, which is not Kelly’s strong point. Part of a midfield that stopped Cardiff ever gaining momentum.

Yann Kermorgant: 6

The game was in the process of winding down by the time he came on.

Paul McShane: N/A

Nice to see him back.

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