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Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Reading: Player Ratings

Harry rates the players after Tuesday night’s poor loss to basement team Wycombe Wanderers.

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Rafael: 5

Should have done better for the goal. Otherwise, barring the penalty save which spared us from even further embarrassment, he didn't really have a save of note to make.

Tom Holmes: 5

Don’t think he did anything too badly, but God I just don’t understand why he started. Did a job defensively but offered virtually nothing going forward, although to be fair he was part of a team that was set up not to threaten going forward.

Michael Morrison: 5

Uche Ikpeazu did an absolute job on Morrison and Moore all night. It’s what Wycombe do, and they do it well. They play direct and they get in your face. Morrison stood up well to the task though, better than Moore in my opinion.

Liam Moore: 5

Got bullied by Ikpeazu, but still don’t think he did enough wrong to warrant a 4. Good to have him back, but it’s not the return to the starting lineup he would’ve wanted when he went to bed last night.

Tom McIntyre: 5

Thought he was actually good in the first half. Very solid and got forward down the left hand side quite well. But, again, he's a centre back. Penny for Omar Richards’ thoughts. Let himself down with the clumsy tackle which could have put Wycombe out of sight.

Alfa Semedo: 5

He is a better player playing deeper - who’d have thought that? - and he didn’t really do anything really badly? Drove with the ball quite well on a couple of occasions through midfield, but how, when you're 1-0 down to the worst team in the league, you finish the game with all three of Semedo, Laurent and Rino on the pitch I will never, ever know.

Josh Laurent: 5

Again, meh. The funny thing is, it was the worst performance of the season by all the players, but I don’t think they were really that bad? I can’t remember any huge mistakes or really bad individual performances - they were just set up in a bafflingly negative system.

Andy Rinomhota: 6

Actually played well in my opinion, in a position that I don’t think we’ll be seeing him in again. Had our best chance in the first half and won the penalty with a brilliant run in the second - but he’s a defensive midfielder, and playing him right wing should be in the dictionary underneath ‘square peg in a round hole’.

Michael Olise: 5

Playing football just looks so effortless to him and he was always, always the most likely to conjure up something special to get us back in the game. But then Pauno took him off. We were 1-0 down to the bottom of the league and Pauno took one of the best players in the league off. I was very, very close to turning off the TV when that happened.

Ovie Ejaria: 5

Played well in the first half and linked up well with Olise on a few occasions, but again flattered to deceive. I am one of Ovie’s biggest fans, but the end product has to come sooner rather than later.

Lucas Joao: 4

Oh, Lucas. I hate that I love you so much. The biggest loser from the way Pauno set up was Joao, because he was so starved of service and when Joao gets starved off service and things aren’t going right his head drops. And when his head drops, he misses chances like the penalty.

I’m not pinning all the blame on Pauno though, Lucas has to keep his head and score chances like that. From then on he was a lost cause and never looked like recovering.

Subs

George Puscas: 5

Was our first sub, coming on in the 79th minute. That's right, we made our first sub in the 79th minute when we started the game with FOUR centre backs and THREE defensive midfielders. It gets worse every time you say it.

Sone Aluko and Sam Baldock: N/A

Came on far too late to make any kind of difference. Pauno has to get better at substitutions, I’m sat here in disbelief. Amongst many other emotions. I'm actually impressed that I haven't typed and then deleted at least one expletive whilst writing this. I’m going to bed.


Average: 5/10

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