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Reading 1-3 Brentford: Player Ratings

Harry rates the Royals after the gutting loss to high-flying Brentford.

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Rafael: 5

He had nothing to do at all all evening until the 85th minute, and although the game may well have gone by this point, he has to do better with the third goal. It was a tame strike from Sergi Canos and if you’re going to parry it out, make sure it’s not straight into the path of the league’s top goalscorer.

Andy Yiadom: 6

Thought he looked really rusty in the first half, and Fosu-Henry and Rico Henry caused him a fair few problems. Not his best game at all, but encouraging to see him get 90 minutes.

Michael Morrison: 8

Strange to give your centre backs 8 out of 10 when you’ve conceded three I know, but they were both fantastic. Morrison kept us in it with a wonderful interception midway through the second half and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. Also channeled his inner Paul Scholes with a #ping in the build up to the penalty.

Tom McIntyre: 8

Brilliant yet again. Pocketed Ivan Toney for 85 minutes, which will now go completely unnoticed. But he’s really started to find his feet in this team now and looked strong again alongside Morro.

Omar Richards: 6

This might be really harsh, but I think he has to do better with Da Silva’s second. Completely lost his bearings at the back stick allowing Toney to set up Da Silva to lash home. Over than that he looked his usual self, solid defensively and a real threat going forward.

Josh Laurent: 7

Was a man possessed in that first half. Won the penalty, had a shot saved after a bursting run and pressed the Brentford midfield brilliantly. Was resolute defensively too when Brentford began to put their foot on the gas. Again, didn't deserve to be on the losing side.

Andy Rinomhota: 7

You just can't not love this guy. Worked tirelessly again in midfield alongside his partner in crime, and was a key part of us thwarting Brentford’s attacking threats for so long.

Michael Olise: 6

A 6 might be harsh, but rightly or wrongly I think we hold him to higher standards than his teammates. Probably didn’t get the opportunities going forward that he craves and thrives upon, but worked tirelessly in the press and tracking the ever threatening Rico Henry. He looked well up for it, but just didn't have that sprinkle of stardust he usually does.

Alfa Semedo: 6

His best game in a Reading shirt in my opinion. Clearly not a number 10, but losing Swift so late on, Alfa was the obvious choice to replace him. Looked energetic, but lacked that quality needed for that position.

Ovie Ejaria: 7

Really good in the first half, combining well with Richards down the left hand side. Played a big part in the penalty, but struggled to get in the game in the second half. His attacking talent is clear for all to see, but his defensive work goes under the radar and was really impressive again tonight.

Lucas Joao: 6

Got his goal, but even by his own standards he looked very, shall we say, relaxed all evening (i.e. he didn't run very much). Had a half chance with a header after the penalty, but nothing ever really broke for him properly in a frantic second 45.


Sone Aluko: 5

Didn’t really do much when he came on, as the game was in full ‘basketball’ mode by that point.

Tom Holmes: N/A

Came on up front after Brentford’s third but far too late to make an impact.

Average: 6.41/10

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