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Reading 0-3 Leeds United: Player Ratings

Not the worst performance, but not good enough to deny a rampant Leeds side who went top of the league on Tuesday night.

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Emiliano Martinez: 5

Not at fault for any of the goals, but made a big save in the second half to keep the score at 3-0.

Andy Yiadom: 7

Back to his best going forwards, and managed to carve out a few clear sights of goal for himself on a night when they were at a premium for the forwards. Generally got forward well, bombing down the wing confidently and getting into the box. Decent defensively, and improved after the break.

Matt Miazga: 6

Played out from the back pretty well under pressure, and helped keep the score down on a night when the back four lacked midfield cover.

Liam Moore: 6

Same as Miazga. Also went on the odd surging run forwards.

Tyler Blackett: 6

Didn’t have the same attacking impact as Yiadom. Pretty good defensively and used his strength well - a far cry from the Blackett of last season who was often more a liability than an asset.

Ryan East: 5

A tough night for the debutant. He seems to be a ball-playing midfielder, and struggled at times without the security of a ball winner next to him. Gave possession away cheaply in the build-up to the second goal.

Lewis Baker: 5

His lack of experience as a holding midfielder showed, with Leeds finding space around the area too easily on a few occasions. Good on the ball without creating much bar a storming run forward in the second half that ended with him tamely testing the ‘keeper.

Yakou Meite: 5

Worked hard as per, and managed to get in behind the Leeds defence on a few occasions, but lacked the composure to conjure a clear-cut chance. Wasted the opportunities that did come his way.

John Swift: 4

Very poor. Gave the back away cheaply too many times, didn't create enough going forwards - bar setting Meite free down the right in the first half, was weak defensively and had poor set pieces.

I do hate to pick on him, but he’s really in good form at the moment, and could probably benefit from being taken out of the side for a few games.

Modou Barrow: 6

For me he was one of Reading's best attacking outlets. Caused Leeds a few problems down the left with his pace, drawing two fouls from Luke Ayling - which should have been met with two yellow cards. Missed a crucial challenge just before the opener.

Danny Loader: 5

He struggled to get into the game. Couldn't win much aerially or stretch the play with movement/pace. Going up against a resolute Leeds defence was always going to be tough, so hopefully he can learn from the experience.

Subs

Callum Harriott: 5

Worked hard down the right, not much came off for him. Could use a few more starts to give him a proper opportunity to impress ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

Michael Olise: 6

He was never likely to have a huge impact on the game, but what you want to see from a 17 year-old debutant is a positive attitude; trying things and seeing if they come off, rather than hiding. He did that soon after coming on by trying to take on about three Leeds defenders in the corner, and even pulled off an eye-catching cross-field pass later on.

With the other wingers not convincing, there could be an opportunity for him to get more game time in the future. However, we need to be patient with him, as with Loader.

Garath McCleary: N/A

Didn’t do too much bar a shot from range that was easily saved.


Average: 5.46/10

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