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Cardiff City 1-2 Reading: Player Ratings

How Will graded the players as Reading earned a third straight win in the league.

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Rafael: 7

Only had one save to make and dealt well with Cardiff City’s crosses. Looked comfortable with the ball at his feet and continues to look a safe pair of hands.

Felipe Araruna: 6

Decent performance and it will be a shame if he is now out injured, especially with Andy Yiadom already out. Was a bit sloppy in possession a few times in the first half without any consequence, but never looked in danger in defence.

Michael Morrison: 7

Dominant display that shows it will be hard for new signing Lewis Gibson to break into the team. Won every header, including the important first goal.

Liam Moore: 7

Had a good battle against Kieffer Moore, who has had an excellent start to the season for Cardiff and Wales. That the Welsh Moore only had one half chance showed how well the English Moore and Morrison did.

Omar Richards: 7

Again showed why Reading released Tyler Blackett and Jordan Obita in the summer. Looks better defensively without it coming at the expense of the attacking ability he brings to the team.

Josh Laurent: 7

A workman-like display topped off with a calm assist for João when he could have gone for goal himself. It’s good to see an old-school Reading style signing doing well.

Andy Rinomhota: 6

Quiet game by his standards with no trademark drives forward. Protected the defence well and helped Reading win the battle of the midfields.

Yakou Méïté: 6

Another player who went off injured. In the first half he comically tripped himself up when in a dangerous area but in the second left two Cardiff players for dust with good skill. Méïté in a nutshell!

Michael Olise: 7

Incredible to think he is still just 18. Excellent set-piece deliveries again and linked up well with João. At times he shows his inexperience, but he’s already a key player and is starting to outshine Ejaria.

Ovie Ejaria: 6

Not the exciting Ejaria performances we saw over the Christmas period, but he was regularly on the ball, which is what we all want to see.

Lucas João: 7

Held the ball up well all game and always looked dangerous in possession. On days like this he looks like the Portugal international that he is and a Premier League player.

Subs

Tom Holmes: 6

The young centre back came on for the injured Araruna at right back. Acquitted himself well with one excellent clearance to stop a clear cut chance.

Tom McIntyre: 6

Brought on in an unfamiliar defence midfield role and won a few headers.

George Pușcaș: N/A

He is often criticised for his inability to hold the ball up, but he actually did really well wasting time winning throw-ins and corners deep in injury time.


Average: 6.53/10

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