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Leeds Utd v Reading FC: Player Ratings

Here's how Becka rated the players after Tuesday night's defeat at Leeds.

Reading v AFC Bournemouth - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Ali Al-Habsi: 5

Made a couple of decent saves, but ultimately couldn’t have done much about the first goal and was unlucky not to keep the penalty out.

Chris Gunter: 5

I’m never quite sure why Gunter becomes the scape goat every time Reading have a less than average performance. Okay, there was quite a lot of possession in across our back five, especially in the first half, but our right back is no worse than any of the others. Definitely not his best game in a Reading shirt, but definitely not his worst either. Unlucky to concede a penalty in my opinion.

Paul McShane: 5

Occasionally ran himself into a bit of difficulty when pressured by Leeds forwards. Similarly like Gunter, not the best day at the office. Definitely could have done better with the first goal and was probably relieved to see Wood leave the pitch prematurely.

Liam Moore: 5

Lots of possession but nothing special done with it.

Tyler Blackett: 4

Just isn’t as effective in that wing back position as Obita is. Lost possession easily and the final ball into the box was non-existent.

George Evans: 5

Maybe one of Evans’ less memorable birthdays. Similarly to Moore, lots of possession but nothing worth noting or worried the opposition.

Joey Van Den Berg: 4

The whole evening I couldn’t help but feel that our midfield was full of Danny Williams and John Swift shaped holes. However much I like VDB, I just don’t think he offers what those two do, and definitely made a few errors leading up to Leeds’ first goal.

Liam Kelly: 6

Took a while for him to get into the game but once he settled, Kelly had a half decent game. Got himself into some threatening positions second half, and played some clever little balls to team mates to mix up the monotony of passing around the back five.

Garath McCleary: 6

Looked like Reading’s biggest threat going forward, being the only player that Leeds struggled to deal with. Had a couple of half attempts at goal.

Roy Beerens: 5

Didn’t see as much of the ball as McCleary and certainly not up to the Beerens performances we’ve seen recently at the Madejski. Hopefully like the rest of the team, it’s just a slight blip as I believe he plays a big role in the Jaap Stam formation.

Dom Samuel: 4

Just never got into the game. Apart from the one goal he scored against Burton, I have been completely underwhelmed by Samuel. He’s been given an opportunity with Kermorgant injured and I don’t believe he’s completely taken it. Kermorgant offers so much more to the team and I think it’ll only be a matter of time before we see the Frenchman starting again.


Yann Kermorgant: 6

Like on Saturday, Kermorgant livened the game up when he came on. He offers strengths all over the pitch and was unlucky not to grab a goal.

Yakou Meite: 5

Had 50% of Reading’s shots on target and always looks lively when he comes on.

Jake Cooper – N/A