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Huddersfield v Reading - Player Ratings: Swift Slumps, Williams Stands Out

Who shone brightest in the biggest game of the season?

Huddersfield Town v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Ali Al-Habsi: 6

Player of the Season and could have earned himself Player of the Century if his penalty save had proved decisive. Didn't have an awful lot to do although guilty of over-elaborating on a couple of occasions.

Chris Gunter: 6

Not his best outing but he tried to provide an outlet out wide. Will be disappointed not to have hit the target with one of our best chances. Looked a lot more comfortable when Garath McCleary came on to provide a more natural wide outlet.

Tyler Blackett: 6

Not a left-back, can do a job there but not a left-back. Much more comfortable after Jordan Obita came on but before that he was doing fine, just very limited attacking wise.

Liam Moore: 6

Steady and composed. Gutted he had to miss the key penalty after what had been such an impressive season. Hopefully that's what's remembered once the dust has settled because he's such a talented defender (unless you're a Premier League club reading this, in which case he's pants, totally honest guv....).

Joey van den Berg: 5

Decent bringing the ball out of the defence but a liability when faced with direct running. His silly needless booking had every Reading fan on edge but fortunately he survived to be replaced by Obita. He's got a role to play in the squad but quite where his best position is remains an unanswered question.

Tiago Ilori: 6

Quiet, quick, classy, this man has a big future at the football club. Quite pleased he's only been able to feature a handful of times as it'll keep the bigger boys away. Didn't have an amazing afternoon but did what needed to be done against Nakhi Wells.

George Evans: 6

Standard outing from Evans, who mixed up some solid defensive play with some lapses in concentration that nearly opened the door for Huddersfield. Still has a little bit to do to really show he's cut out to be the holding man for a top six Championship side but he's on his way to getting there.

Danny Williams: 8

If this is the last game in a Reading shirt for the out of contract midfielder, that's a fine way to go out. Energetic, determined, gutsy performance from the American, who left everything out there. Also bonus points for a well taken pen. If he'd played like this for four years, who knows where we'd have been... then again, he probably wouldn't have stayed at Reading.

John Swift: 4

Oh John. You're talented, you've got the skills, the drive, the talent but you need to work on your performances in the big games. Swift really was a passenger out there, failing to create a 'key' pass, or failing to recover the ball in the 18 times he lost it. His set pieces were also meh at best, so just a day to forget for the midfielder. Yet Swift's season shouldn't be defined by what we saw on Monday, he’s got a bright future ahead of him.

Lewis Grabban: 6

I was perhaps a little bit more impressed with Grabban than some of my fellow TTE Editors but I thought he looked lively and lead the line well alongside Yann. Understood his substitution even if I felt he could do more as Huddersfield tired. Will be interesting if the club decides to try and bring him back.

Yann Kermorgant: 6

Never stopped working, never stopped trying and was excellent in the air. Sadly nothing quite came off for the Frenchman, except a lovely penalty to get us off to a great start in the shootout.

SUBSTITUTES

Jordan Obita: 6

Not quite his dynamic self as he seemed to still be dealing somewhat with the ankle injury that kept him out from the start. Did help open the game up more as it wore on. Gutted he had to be the one to miss the final pen, especially as one of our own.

Garath McCleary: 5

Again, I might be a bit harsh with this but I didn't think GMac did enough to really change the game, especially as he was up against a more tired defence. Like Obita, he clearly isn't fully fit so that excuses his performance somewhat, yet on the day I just didn't think he offered quite enough. Certainly closer to a 6 than a 4 though.

Liam Kelly: 6

Buzzed about with limited opportunity to make a big impact. Again, the lack of a standout play-off performance might just keep the big boys away.

Poll

Who was your Reading MOTM against Huddersfield?

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  • 99%
    Danny Williams
    (284 votes)
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    Someone else (name them in the comments)
    (2 votes)
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