Could do very little about Diedhiou’s powerful header early on, and had virtually nothing else to do for the rest of the game as Bristol City rarely threatened to double their lead.
Andy Yiadom: 6
More defensively solid than in recent weeks, making more interceptions than any other Reading player. Got forward well too, having a few half chances for a goal or assist.
Matt Miazga: 6
Back in the team after a spell on the sidelines, Miazga did pretty much what you would expect of him. Strong in the air, he’s also much more suited to the right centre-back position than Morrison or Moore.
Michael Morrison: 4
Not the 31-year-old’s best performance as he looked uncomfortable on the ball at times and struggled to bring Reading forward. He was also the man responsible for allowing Diedhiou to head home unmarked, not the only time the Senegalese striker got the better of him.
Liam Moore: 6
Underwhelming in the first half as he continually opted to hoof the ball long to no one in particular. Moved into midfield in the second half, improving both his own performance and the team’s, as it allowed us to attack further up the pitch.
Omar Richards: 6
Struggled to get into the game in the first half, but was more influential after the break as he proved a consistent attacking threat down the left hand side.
“Come on, you’re supposed to be Pelé!” one man shouted behind me as the midfielder misplaced yet another pass in the first half. Sadly this is the distinctly average Judilson Mamadu Tuncará Gomes rather than the distinctly excellent Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
Andy Rinomhota: 5
Largely anonymous, shown by the fact he had comfortably the least touches out of the starting midfield three. Was allowed to play further forward following Moore’s move into midfield, but that did little to help him impact the game.
Ovie Ejaria: 7
Most of what Reading created going forward came from the Liverpool loanee. Was the only player to show any attacking spark in the first half, and showed moments of quality and skill throughout the game that no one else in blue and white could provide.
Yakou Meite: 6
His strength and physical presence was a real asset, and the Bristol City defence struggled to cope with him on occasions. Unlucky not to score.
George Puscas: 4
Low on confidence, this was Puscas’s ninth game without a goal following his brace against Cardiff. Short on service, but even so, when chances came to him he couldn’t take them - most worryingly/frustratingly, a glaring opportunity in the second half that he wasted with a terrible first touch.
Lucas Boye: 6
Looked lively when he came on, and had one of Reading’s best chances with a half volley that forced a good save out of Bentley.
Josh Barrett: 6
Replaced Pele in an attempt to make Reading more attacking, and set up two good chances for Meite in the closing stages of the game.
Lucas Joao: 5
I feel slightly sorry for Joao as I don’t think he is the right sort of player to be an impact sub, shown by his complete lack of effect on the game after coming on.
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