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Watford 2-0 Reading: Player Ratings

Positives to take despite the Royals being beaten by two early Sarr strikes.

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Rafael: 6

I don’t think you can place any blame at Rafael’s door for the two goals which were simply just belting strikes from Sarr. Really not tested at all throughout the rest of the game

Andy Yiadom: 6

The dictionary definition of a six out of 10 performance. Yiadom fulfilled both his offensive and defensive responsibilities without doing anything outstanding. The sort of player Ady Williams would call a ‘steady Eddie’. Maybe he did, but I was watching on TV.

Tom Holmes: 7

I hope it’s not ignored what a fantastic performance Holmes put in tonight. As other defenders faltered, Holmes puffed out his chest and calmly headed, cleared and intercepted every ball that came into his path. Reading will miss Michael Morrison in the run-in, but Holmes’s progress softens that blow.

Liam Moore: 5

Excellent in recent weeks, but his level dropped tonight and I do think he should have done better job in terms of closing Sarr down for both of the goals. Can’t fault his commitment though and he charged into every tackle and aerial battle with the same vigour as always.

Lewis Gibson: 4

Gibson will be, and has already been, crucified on social media but I have some sympathy for the Everton loanee. He is being played out of position and tonight came up against one of the most unstoppable wingers in the Championship. He has to be graded low because ultimately he was at fault for both goals, but Gibson actually recovered well and stayed solid after the two goals when he could have easily gone into his shell.

Andy Rinomhota: 6

The more defensively solid out of Reading’s holding midfield pairing. Won the ball back for the Royals well, but he’s never going to be the man to create masses of chances. Another ‘steady Eddie’.

Josh Laurent: 5

Looked off the pace for large parts of the game and got lucky on a few occasions when Watford couldn’t capitalise on the midfielder giving the ball away. There are perhaps question marks over his positioning for both goals too. Nonetheless, he continued to buzz around in midfield with real energy as Reading looked to get back into it.

Yakou Meite: 5

Meite was certainly a danger down the right hand side, but was the main culprit when it came to failing to convert chances. He is the paragon of this Reading team - resplendent when on form but oh so frustrating when not.

Michael Olise: 7

It really is a joy watching Olise at full flow. Watford’s intensity dropped significantly after their second goal and that allowed the youngster to float about the pitch and skip past defenders with ease. He just loves getting on the ball and making things happen and that’s exactly what he did tonight.

Ovie Ejaria: 6

Our most dangerous attacking threat behind Olise. Seems to have found his confidence again in the last few games, and Watford were the latest team to struggle against his quick thinking and close control. It’s no secret that his end product needs improving.

George Puscas: 5

Deservedly kept his place in the side and played ok, but wasn’t really the outlet that Reading needed him to be. Forced to drop deep and only had one touch inside Watford’s box - a poor miss from close range that could have got the Royals back into the game in the first half.

Substitutes

Lucas Joao: 4

Couldn’t get into the game when he came on - maybe not entirely his fault given the whole team’s tempo dropped. But Joao didn’t even have a shot, instead losing possession seven times. Not the sort of impact you want from your top scorer.

Omar Richards: 6

Forget about the fact he replaced a man who slipped up defensively, Richards instantly made Reading more of an offensive threat when he came on, particularly with a few testing crosses.

Sam Baldock and Sone Aluko: N/A

Nice for Reading’s two veterans and soon-to-be free agents to get a run out in a game of such magnitude, but it had long got away from the Royals by that point.


Average: 5.54/10

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