Didn’t have much to do. Distribution could have better at times.
Tomás Esteves: 6
Like other games he struggled to get going attacking and looks less solid in defence than Tom Holmes. Decent enough performance though and we should remember he’s still 18.
Michael Morrison: 7
Didn’t put a foot wrong and won the physical battle against Lyndon Dykes.
Liam Moore: 7
Excellent captain’s performance. Made a few good blocks and on a few occasions drove forward to force the game. He’s been back to his best this season.
Omar Richards: 6
Unspectacular performance before suffering a hamstring injury. Will be a miss if he’s out for a few games.
Andy Rinomhota: 6
High-energy display though did tire in the last quarter. At times he was the Reading’s most dangerous attacking player and the only one trying to up the pace.
Josh Laurent: 6
Started quietly but got better as the game went on. Did two excellent attacking runs from deep which are so crucial in gaining momentum and territory.
Sone Aluko: 5
Never really got going and put in a woeful shot the only time he got into a dangerous position. His work rate couldn’t be faulted.
Alfa Semedo: 5
Finished the game as a striker but this was another disappointing display since he impressed against Bournemouth. Didn’t really get on the ball and he was the only player who at times could have worked a bit harder, especially in his pressing of the opposition.
Ovie Ejaria: 6
This was the sort of game when you want Ejaria to step up and be the main attacking man. He was okay but he needs better attacking players around him to flourish. It was noticeable that he was much less willing to play the ball forward than when he has Lucas João to target.
Sam Baldock: 5
He worked hard, however offered no attacking threat. Can’t fault his attitude but it says a lot that with the game goalless he was withdrawn for a young centre back.
Lewis Gibson: 6
Best game yet in a Reading shirt. Clearly a centre back so he will never be able to replace Richards’ attacking threat but showed he’s comfortable on the ball and can do a job.
Tom Holmes: 6
Another solid performance from him. Having watched quite a bit of second-tier Belgian football in the last few years I can tell you that the Championship is a big step up from his loan spell last season. He’s taken it in his stride and looks at home at this level.
Michael Olise: 7
One moment of quality to win the game! Probably the only player on the pitch who could have done it and he has to start against Norwich. Did not look pleased at being on the bench.
Tom McIntyre: N/A
It was a strange move to bring McIntyre on for Baldock but it worked! Lovely flick to play in Olise for the winner.
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