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Blackpool 0-2 Reading: Player Ratings

How we graded the Royals in their third-round replay at Blackpool.

Blackpool FC v Reading FC - FA Cup Third Round: Replay Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Sam Walker: 7

Made some key saves at 1-0, was relatively comfortable throughout. Distribution improved as the game went along after a few early kicks out of play. However, did not come out for the odd cross into the box and was not quick enough off his line at times.

Teddy Howe: 6

Crosses into the box lacked quality at times but always made himself an option going forwards, was not troubled too much defensively but did get caught out positionally a couple of times.

Tom McIntyre: 8

Did everything asked of him defensively after a spell on the sidelines. No nonsense when required but also showed comfort to carry the ball forwards out of defence and did not struggle in the air against Arnand Gnanduillet, winning most of his headers.

Andre Burley: 6

Much improved from the reverse fixture. A lot more comfortable on the ball but was not pressurised as much. Made some good passes and did not make any defensive errors.

Omar Richards: 6

Showed great energy when pushed forwards to left wing. Hit the post with a sliding attempt and was solid defensively, linking up well with Jordan Obita.

Andy Rinomhota: 6

Broke up the play consistently and looked a class above the Blackpool midfielders in terms of his ball-winning ability and energy.

Garath McCleary: 6

Was comfortable in a central role. Controlled the play when in possession and consistently picked out Obita in space with crossfield passes when a move would break down.

Michael Olise: 7

Reading’s creative spark in the first half. Won a couple of free kicks with his driving runs forwards and showed what he can do in an advanced wide position. Could be a bit more decisive in the final third, but delivered a great cross for the second goal.

Jordan Obita: 7

Delivered some dangerous low crosses into the box and got himself into a good position at the back post to score his goal. Was solid defensively when at left back and worked well with Richards.

Danny Loader: 5

I expected slightly more from him in front of goal, but he put a long-range shot narrowly wide and managed to win a lot of balls when playing as a number ten.

Lucas Boye: 7

Pressed the defence well, showed a lot of energy and wears his heart on his sleeve. Had some great touches and glimpses of his ability but lost the ball cheaply a few times. Hit the bar twice as well as scoring the first goal.

Subs

Sone Aluko, Jeriel Dorsett and Charlie Adam: N/A

All of Reading’s substitutes came on in the last few minutes, so didn’t have enough time to make an impact.


Average: 6.45/10

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