The Brazilian was hugely impressive last season but simply hasn’t had the chance this year, such is Reading’s excellent defence. So it is a huge credit to Rafael that he waited until the 91st minute to be called into action and still produced a fine save, parrying a great volley from Fred Onyedinma.
Tom Holmes: 7
Unfortunate to be subbed after 56 minutes to allow Tomas Esteves to provide more pace and skill in attack. A big fella who is better on the ball than he looks, he reminds of Harry Maguire and operated comfortably on both the flank and when coming inside to clear crosses.
Liam Moore: 7
Bonus points for the assist on a typically commanding performance from the defender.
Michael Morrison: 7
It is hard to complain when the defence keeps a fifth clean sheet in six games this season, isn’t it? The Morro-Moore partnership continues to be very comfortable even in a difficult first-half where Wycombe were allowed a bit more of the ball than necessary.
Omar Richards: 6
Had his shaky moments, including a dreadful control/clearance in the D that went straight to a rival attacker, but Richards worked his way into the game and produced a solid display at both ends in the second-half.
Josh Laurent: 6
It was a night when the midfield duo were bypassed a little too easily, but Laurent made a vital interception at the death and put himself about.
Andy Rinomhota: 6
Booked for a slightly too-risky lunge late on and could have joined the attack a bit more as it struggled to kick into gear. But, Pauno seems to prefer Rinomhota playing deeper and he did a reasonable job.
Yakou Meite: 4
Barely involved in the first-half, he fluffed a massive chance in stoppage time. Taken out after less than an hour of what was not a good day at the office.
Michael Olise: 7
Provided some lovely link-up play during the barren first-half. In fact, he should have been given the ball more in that spell and the youngster slowed down a touch when sent to the right flank for the last half hour.
Ovie Ejaria: 7
A really exciting performance that harked back to the midfielder’s tricky best. His dribbling was inspired and passing on point - an outing that was just missing a goal.
Lucas Joao: 7
After a poor first-half, he pushed on and scored a classic Lucas Joao goal after the hour mark. A long ball hit the striker, who held off two defenders and buried a powerful strike.
Alfa Semedo: 7
Played in the advanced role of the midfield three, which was a bit of a surprise. But the loanee’s touch was good and he covered ground very easily. Worth a start on the weekend.
Tomas Esteves: 6
There’s half a chance that this kid is more than half a player. Brought on for Holmes to provide a bit more thrust and that he did, with his defensive work also pretty solid.
Tom McIntyre: N/A
Thrown on for final five minutes in a midfield role.
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