I hope you’ll forgive me for what’s going to be a particularly half-hearted edition of Player Ratings. After an especially dire, depressing 4-1 rout to kick off 2019, I don’t really think the ‘performance’ deserves much effort being spent on it. In truth, the team were varying shades of awful anyway - or at least most of them. Only three players came out with any credit at all.
Those three are Andy Rinomhota, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Callum Harriott. The former was, even in the face of a collapse from his teammates, typically hard-working, energetic and productive in his new defensive midfield role. On a day when most players went missing, he displayed a level of effort and tenacity that deserves credit.
Bodvarsson was similarly hard-working, gave us good presence in the final third and didn’t do too much wrong in his cameo off the bench. They both get an unremarkable, but respectable, 6/10.
The next, Harriott, returned from more than two years on the sidelines to grab the first goal of the Jose Gomes era. To be honest, he would have got a high score for registering a shot on target. Jokes aside, I’m delighted for him that he’s finally returned to first-team football after what will have been a mentally tough 24 months of recovery.
He can have a 10/10. Sod it, we’re still in the 12 days of Christmas.
Otherwise, there are 5/10s for Danny Loader who looked lively off the bench, and John Swift who was generally poor but had a lob over the goalie saved on the line. Andy Yiadom, John O’Shea, Tiago Ilori and Yakou Meite get 4/10s, while there are 3/10s for the rest (Anssi Jaakkola, Omar Richards, Modou Barrow, Sone Aluko and Garath McCleary).
That gives us an overall average of 4.5, comfortably the worst display of the season.
For formality’s sake, we’re going to need a man of the match. You can vote on it below, or through this link.