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Reading 0-0 Birmingham City: Player Ratings

How we graded the Royals for the last time in the 2018/19 season.

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Emiliano Martinez: 7

Had very little to do, but did it excellently, as usual. Não vá Emi.

Chris Gunter: 8

Restored to right back and produced his best Reading performance for a long time, especially in the first half, when he turned into Garath McCleary and rained in crosses from the byline.

Matt Miazga: 7

Turned the clocks back 30 years with another towering, muscular performance at centre half. If it’s in the air, he heads it. Não vá Matt.

Liam Moore: 7

Captain Fantastic was everywhere, blocking and tackling like a man possessed. Really puts his heart into it, and we love him for it.

Andy Yiadom: 6

Switched to the left, and although he’s better there than Gunter, it still doesn’t work when he gets into the final third. Determined to score when he should have passed.

Lewis Baker: 7

Passed and prodded majestically in the quarterback role, and then showed what he could do going forward with a fabulous mazy run late in the game. Não vá Lewis.

Andy Rinomhota: 7

The fans’ player of the season thundered about the pitch, winning the fifty-fifties as he always does. Showed some delicate touches in the opposition penalty area, too.

Ovie Ejaria: 8

Brilliant on the day. Those tentacle legs of his seemed to win every tackle and there’s never been a Reading player as skilled as Ejaria at bouncing off the grass. Não vá Ovie.

Josh Barrett: 6

Brings lots of rumbustious energy to the forward line, but missed a couple of decent chances and looks like he could benefit from cutting down the pies.

Danny Loader: 7

Excellent performance leading the line. Plenty of skill and muscle, and seemed noticeably happier with his under-23 pals around him. Would have scored in the first half but for a wonder save by Lee Camp.

Michael Olise: 8

Wow, we’ve discovered another gem. Fearless and inventive, he glides past full-backs as if they’re not there. Faded in the second half, but SO promising.

Subs

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Modou Barrow: 6

Replaced Olise after 71 minutes, missed a bicycle kick from Teddy Howe’s cross.

Teddy Howe: N/A

Made his first-team debut late on, but didn’t have time to do much besides putting in a great cross for Barrow from the right.

John O’Shea: 803

His arrival was greeted by a guard of honour from both sides, and a noisy reception from the crowd - who then cheered his every touch. 803 career appearances and out.


Average: 68.23/10

(7/10 excluding John O’Shea’s mark).

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