Five games. Three wins. Two defeats. One mega hat-trick.
That was November for Reading FC as the Mark Bowen era experienced its first setbacks and first soaring comeback. It all kicked off with home cruises past Millwall and Luton before tricky matches versus Brentford and Leeds lived up to their billing.
Rounding the month off was a 3-1 win at Wigan that could be a real shot in the arm for the weeks ahead. That of course featured a five-minute George Puscas hat-trick that dispelled what was turning into a goal-less month for the forward. In fact, his quiet spell beforehand means the striker doesn’t actually make the cut...
But who does? Here are the nominees in alphabetical order...
Sam Baldock - Average 6.66 (3 appearances)
MOTM Awards: Millwall (2nd), Brentford
The striker kept up his excellent return to the side by playing a vital role up front in the wins over Millwall and Luton. After a fantastic goal against the Lions put him joint-second for that man of the match award, he claimed the honour for himself with a workmanlike performance at Brentford before injury struck.
Ovie Ejaria - Average 6.5 (4 appearances)
MOTM Awards: Leeds, Luton (3rd)
A month without any particularly amazing performances from the young midfielder but one in which he kept to his impeccably high standards of dribbling and finesse throughout. Perhaps we now expect a lot from Ejaria but TTE awarded him 7/10 versus Luton and Leeds as he took on two very different types of games in his usual effortless style.
Michael Morrison - Average 6.5 (5 appearances)
Mark Bowen has really improved the defence at Reading with just four goals conceded in five games this month. Michael Morrison contributed a goal down the other end as well, heading in the opener against Luton, and sneaks into our nominations ahead of Matt Miazga largely on that virtue while Liam Moore particularly struggled at Wigan.
John Swift - Average: 6.75 (4 appearances)
MOTM Awards: Millwall, Brentford (2nd), Luton
Ejaria won our award in August. Swift won it in September. Ejaria won it in October. Will the pattern continue and swing back to our other midfield maestro? A domineering performance against Luton earned the ex-Chelsea man an 8/10 as he won TTE’s man of the match poll for that win and the Millwall triumph.
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