Emiliano Martinez: 5
I wouldn’t blame him for any of the three goals and, weirdly, he didn’t have too much to do all afternoon - four shots on target and three of them went in. The only save he had to make was a close-range parry from which Pugh converted on the rebound. However, his distribution was below-par.
Andy Yiadom: 4
Struggled against Grosicki, particularly in the first half. Switched off for Hull’s second, when he should have been closer to goalscorer Marc Pugh.
Matt Miazga: 4
A rough afternoon for the defender. Gave the ball away once or twice in the first half, and was run ragged by Grosicki in the second - not only for the equaliser but also another chance not long after when the forward again went clean through on goal.
Liam Moore: 5
More solid than his partner, and put in a key block in the first half to ensure Reading led at the break. Should however have been tighter to Bowen in the build-up to Hull’s second.
Tyler Blackett: 5
Not enough attacking output down the left, and switched off for Hull’s second goal, allowing Grosicki to run into free space on the left side of Reading’s penalty area.
Lewis Baker: 8
Comfortably head and shoulders above anyone else in Reading colours. Good defensively, composed on the ball, and was probably the most dangerous player in possession. Besides his eye-catching opener, he could have helped double the Royals’ lead in the second half when charging up the pitch single-handedly to put us on the counter.
Andy Rinomhota: 7
Not his very best performance, but still impressive with his ball-winning, particularly in pressing Hull high up the pitch at 1-1 and playing in Barrow for a great chance.
Yakou Meite: 4
Besides having a goal rule ruled out in the second half, he didn’t come up with much.
Ovie Ejaria: 5
Brought into John Swift’s creative number ten role, he didn’t make enough happen for Reading going forwards. Worked hard as per, and showed some good touches to keep the ball on a few occasions, but he didn’t do enough with it. Better-deployed elsewhere.
Modou Barrow: 4
Similar to Ejaria in his lack of attacking output, but he was presented with a glorious chance in the second half when clean through on goal. He really had to bury it, and didn’t.
Nelson Oliveira: 4
A harsh score for someone who’s just come back unexpectedly early from a hamstring injury, but I’ve got to grade what’s in front of me. Wasteful in possession, didn’t offer enough in-behind, and went for a weak cross/shot when he should have buried his finish at the end of Baker’s counter. He’ll improve with more fitness though.
Danny Loader, Callum Harriott and Garath McCleary: 5
All came on in a triple substitution for Nelson Oliveira, Yakou Meite and Modou Barrow just after Hull’s third. None of them really made anything happen but, considering that the game was gone by the time they arrived, I can’t mark them down too much.
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