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Reading 1-1 Cardiff City: Player Ratings

Harry rates the Royals after a game that seems to have wiped away any chance of finishing in the play offs.

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Rafael: 5

Popped up with a good save in the first half to deny Harry Wilson, but other than that had nothing really to do apart from pick the ball out of his net.

Andy Yiadom: 5

One of few that really tried in my opinion, looked gutted at full time but ultimately has been part of a team that hasn't been up to scratch in the run-in.

Tom Holmes: 6

Again was one of very few shining lights for the Royals. Thought he defended really well, and dealt with the threat of Kieffer Moore impressively. The back four may well be looking a bit different come the start of next season, however I’m sure Holmes will be a big part of it, and I hope it’ll stay that way for many years to come.

Liam Moore: 5

Not as impressive as Holmes next to him, but didn’t really do anything drastically wrong. Moore is one of the players you expect to stand up and be counted, he’s the captain - and a very good one at that - but to be captain of a side that’s fell out of the play offs with a whimper isn't something he’d have wanted on his CV.

Omar Richards: 4

I don’t like saying this but it looks like Omar already has a part of him in Munich. There were a few times, particularly in the second half when he looked fed up and disinterested. And then he goes and tops it off with a really, really clumsy tackle. So disappointing.

Josh Laurent: 5

We’ve seen this season that we really struggle to break down teams who sit in front of us in a defensive structure rather than come out and press us, and it was the same today. Laurent has so many qualities, and has shown them so much this season that he’s probably front runner for Player of the Season, but he just can’t really show them in games like this.

Andy Rinomhota: 5

Usually I would say that it was a game that ‘passed Rinomhota by’, which again it was, but the lack of urgency from all in a blue and white shirt was as astounding as it was depressing - even from this guy.

Games when we dominate possession never really suit Rino due to way he plays, he's never been the best technically and never will, but I still expected him to do more than he did.

Yakou Meite: 6

To be fair, he looked like the only one who really wanted to put a shift in the forward positions today. Got a reward for his persistence with an equaliser in the last minute, but it’s still not going to be enough you feel.

Michael Olise: 5

Again, it’s a running theme, expect so much more from him. Usually he at least looks like being the one to force the issue and try and create something, but, yet again, he was part of a team that struggled to break down a well organised defensive structure. A de ja vu that’s cost us a play off place.

Ovie Ejaria: 5

His end product has to be so much better than it is. On more than one occasion he danced his way through a few defenders before wasting either a very good crossing opportunity or producing a tame effort on goal.

Lucas Joao: 5

Another difficult evening for the top scorer, and another evening that won’t do a huge amount for his confidence going forward. Just to rub salt into some already pretty gaping wounds, Lucas had to be withdrawn early in the second half after landing awkwardly on his shoulder - the same one he injured in the reverse fixture back in September.

Even though he’s been out of nick recently, it would be a huge shame for his season to end like this. Hopefully he’s back sooner rather than later.

Subs

George Puscas: 5

Came on for Joao and I don't think he had a touch did he? If he did I can’t remember it, so he couldn’t have made that much of an impact. Similarly didn't miss a sitter or do anything horrendous so can't mark him down too much.

John Swift: 5

Came on far, far too late. I don't know what it is with Pauno and making subs, I really don’t. The game had been crying out for John Swift to come on in midfield since about the 20th minute. Surely he had enough in him to play more than 13 minutes?

Baldock, Aluko, Tetek: N/A

Came on far too late to make any impact. Pauno’s good at these panic subs late on when nothing else has worked.


Average: 5.07/10

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