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Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Reading: Player Ratings

We grade the players as Reading blow a two-goal lead at Ewood Park.

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Vito Mannone: 6

Can’t really be blamed for the two goals, but kept the scores level at 0-0 with a top save to tip the ball around the post. Distribution OK.

Andy Yiadom: 7

Tidy defensively and got forward well down the right, wasn’t afraid to take on his man even if it didn’t always come off.

Paul McShane: 4

Fine for the most part, but seriously let down by two moments of madness in the second half when he lunged in to give away penalties. Both were the kind of reckless, stupid decisions that you expect of a rookie player, not one of the most experienced players in the squad.

Liam Moore: 7

Calm and decisive, he managed the threats posed by Blackburn well. An acrobatic header to block a goal-bound shot in the first half was the highlight.

Tyler Blackett: 6

His defensive composure has come a long way since the dark days of last season, and Blackett now looks tougher to be beaten in one-on-ones. He does try to push forward, but he’s let down by a lack of outright pace or acceleration. Great cross in the build-up for Reading’s second.

Sone Aluko: 6

A lot sharper on the ball than he has been in the past, generally cutting inside to give Reading an extra option in the middle going forwards. Also linked up well with Yiadom in the first half.

Leandro Bacuna: 6

Some sloppy moments on the ball, but energetic and hard-working off it.

Liam Kelly: 5

Didn’t give Reading enough presence on the ball or off it. Not too bad a performance but didn’t show enough of a reaction to Saturday’s sub-par display.

Yakou Meite: 6

Hard-working performance down the left wing, forced a good save from the ‘keeper that Dadi followed up on to double Reading’s lead.

Sam Baldock: 5

Struggled to get into the game despite working hard against Blackburn’s centre halves. Looked shattered in the second half before coming off.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: 8

Led the line well for Reading and gave them an outlet even if his all-round play could have been sharper. Two instinctive strikers finishes gave the Royals a clinical 2-0 lead at half time.

Subs

Josh Sims: 5

Didn’t get into the game but kept the ball tidily enough when he got possession.

Modou Barrow: 6

A bit more involved than Sims, putting the afterburners on on a few occasions to push Reading up the pitch. Not enough impact in the final third.

Marc McNulty: 5

Just the one real chance for him to get a winner, seizing on a loose ball centrally but put it wide.


Average: 5.85/10

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