It was his first clean sheet post-lockdown, but perhaps his quietest afternoon since football returned. Had just the one save to make, which came in the 86th minute.
Gabriel Osho: 6
A comfortable performance for the academy graduate, who is better defensively than offensively. Clearly not the finished article yet, but there’s definite signs of potential and Reading would do well to hand him a new contract.
Michael Morrison: 7
A commanding leader of the backline, Morrison won everything in the air and even got an assist as his clever header back across goal allowed Puscas an easy finish.
Tom McIntyre: 8
No sign of rust from McIntyre in his first appearance since January. A really confident performance as he dealt with Luton’s limited threat expertly - no Reading player made more interceptions or clearances. Needs to play more often.
Tyler Blackett: 8
Reminiscent of his performances over the Christmas period, as he was a constant threat going forward down the left but remained solid defensively as well. Involved in the build up to the third and fourth goals.
Half of an incredibly effective shield that sat in front of the defence. Did the simple things right, protecting the back four and providing a strong base for Reading to start attacks from.
Andy Rinomhota: 7
The other half of an incredibly effective shield that sat in front of the defence. Got forward a more than Pele, but was also a solid defensive guard - making the most blocks in the team.
Yakou Meite: 9
What a day for the Frenchman who became the first Reading player to score four goals in one game since 1982. Wasn’t heavily involved in other areas of the match, but popped up when he was needed - four goals from 24 touches is proof of an extremely clinical afternoon.
John Swift: 7
Was given the captain’s armband, but took more of a backseat role in Reading’s biggest win of the season. Others took the headlines, but Swift still completed the most passes in the team and kept things ticking along nicely.
Ovie Ejaria: 7
Like Swift, Ejaria was effective without standing out and helped Reading assert their dominance on the game. His close control once again stood out and his through ball that set up Meite’s hat-trick goal was sublime.
George Puscas: 8
Showed how effective he can be when give the service as a loan striker. Puscas grabbed one goal and two assists, one of his best returns in a Reading shirt. Worked really hard too, shown by his pressure on Sluga in the build up to the second goal.
Ayub Masika, Michael Olise & Garath McCleary: 5
Sam Baldock & Omar Richards: N/A
The game was won by the time Mark Bowen made his substitutions, and the tempo dropped in the final 20 minutes as Reading created little with a much-changed attacking set-up.
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