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Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest: Player Ratings

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Anssi Jaakkola: 7

Wasn't really troubled by a lacklustre Forest side, but did well to deny Lewis Grabban in a one-on-one during the second half. Calm, assured distribution.

Andy Yiadom: 6

Not quite as sharp defensively as he usually is, and could have got forward a bit more. That said, it was his low, hard cross that caused the own goal.

Tiago Ilori: 7

Solid at the back, steady on the ball and played out well.

Liam Moore: 7

Same as Ilori - the duo had a strong afternoon and deservedly picked up a morale-boosting clean sheet. However, Moore picked up a silly booking for getting involved in a second-half scrap that would lead to Danny Fox's red card.

Omar Richards: 6

Although he got better as the game went on, and made some important interventions to stop Forest scoring, he still seemed nervy at times. Picked up a yellow card for a reckless challenge in the first half, and was brough off in the second for Lewis Baker. On the whole, he didn't get forward as much as he has done previously, but did put in a lovely cross that Bodvarsson almost converted.

Leandro Bacuna: 6

Didn't have a particularly big impact on the game, but did his job in a deep-lying role well enough. Blew a great chance in the second half when he went through on goal but blazed his shot over the bar.

Andy Rinomhota: 7

Another typically impressive display. Strong, composed, energetic, and looked comfortable at right-back when put there by Jose Gomes after Richards was withdrawn.

Modou Barrow: 7

In a word, frustrating. He enjoyed his role down the right where he often had room to run into - but, apart from the assist, he struggled for end product. He got into dangerous areas on a few occasions but didn't quite have the killer instinct to make those opportunities count; once being set through on goal in the second half, dithering while trying to get the ball onto his left foot, and losing the chance.

John Swift: 8

A bright afternoon for Swift who looked rejuvenated in his more advanced role, with Bacuna and Rinomhota deeper in the midfield. Put away a lovely finish in the first half, and was otherwise positive and inventive, even if not everything came off. Hopefully the goal pushes him on to better things.

Ovie Ejaria: 6

Settled into the side well, and had an impressive first half; strong and tidy on the ball and got into good positions. The highlight was a strong run that took Reading up the pitch in a few seconds. However, he faded after half-time and had much less of an impact, so probably needs more minutes to sharpen up. I'd also question if he's best deployed on the left of an attacking three - perhaps it's better to bring him more central.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: 7

Didn't score, but his all-round performance was impressive nonetheless. Worked very hard, pressed intelligently, linked up the play and tried to get in-behind a few times. Tired late on and was taken off for Danny Loader.


Lewis Baker: 7

Looked classy in possession, both in his own close control and passing. Spurned a good chance when Dadi laid the ball back to him, with Baker putting his shot over the bar.

Garath McCleary: 6

Replaced an ineffective Ejaria, went close with a driving run forwards and shot from range that went just past the post.

Danny Loader: N/A

Not enough time to make an impact, bar being on the receiving end of a wild challenge that saw Darikwa sent off.

Average: 6.69

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