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Reading FC 3-2 Wigan Athletic: Player Ratings

Less than impressive marks despite Reading’s victory.

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Emiliano Martinez: 7

His shot-stopping was once again magnificent, with one particular point blank save proving crucial when Reading were 2-1 down. Could be questioned over his distribution at times though, with a poor throw being the starting point for Wigan’s second goal.

Andy Yiadom: 3

A poor game from the usually reliable right-back. Yiadom was nowhere to be seen as Wigan attacked down his side in the lead up to their first goal, whilst he should arguably have kept a closer eye on Joe Garner who was unmarked at the far post to net the second.

Matt Miazga: 5

Largely reliable at the back and once again strong in the air. The one weakness in Miazga’s game is probably his lack of pace, and that showed as Michael Jacobs got past him too easily for Wigan’s first goal.

Liam Moore: 5

Got easily frustrated after Reading went behind, more than you would have perhaps liked a captain to, but at least it shows he cares. You would struggle to fault Moore’s commitment again though after he made a couple of important tackles and ended up playing much of the second half with a dislocated shoulder.

Tyler Blackett: 6

Blackett really stood out for me today - for the right reasons. He may have given the ball away a few times, but he brought the ball out from defence really well, often after winning it back himself. Something may have come of his mazy run from left-back had he had options in front of him.

Lewis Baker: 4

The stats show that Baker made the third most passes for Reading and also had the third most touches, so it’s worrying that Baker really did nothing of note in the entire game.

Ovie Ejaria: 5

It was a real shame that Ejaria was forced off injured as he looked bright going forward in the first half an hour. Did give the ball away for Wigan’s goal though.

John Swift: 5

Such an infuriating player to watch. You know Swift has the ability and skill, he shows glimpses of it every game, but more often than not he just ends up giving the ball away or playing a poor pass. Would have a lower rating but for his excellent free-kick that drew Reading level on the stroke of half-time.

Yakou Meite: 5

How do you rate a player who was so ineffective for a whole game, but one who pops up with the biggest goal of the season right at the end? Meite had the fewest touches out of any Royal that played the whole game, showing his anonymity, but the one he got with his head in the 97th minute will not be forgotten for a long time.

Mo Barrow: 5

Struggled as the central striker to begin with and only got marginally better when moved out wide. Much like Meite and Swift, Barrow was poor for much of the game but his rating gets a boost for his goal. It will get overlooked because of what happened after, but it was one hell of a strike from the Gambian.

Garath McCleary: 3

In recent weeks it looked as though McCleary was having a bit of resurgence, but I thought he was absolutely diabolical against Wigan. Nothing went right for him - he couldn’t pick a pass, keep hold of the ball or challenge the goalkeeper. Next month it will be two years since his last goal for Reading.

Substitutes

Danny Loader: 5

Struggled to get into the game after replacing Ejaria in the first half. Had a few neat touches, but he’s unfortunately not quite the man Reading need in this relegation battle.

Callum Harriott: 5

Much like the rest of Reading’s attack, Harriott was anonymous until injury time, but it was his corner that Meite powered home from.


Average: 4.85/10

This our lowest ever ratings average following a Reading victory!

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