An open and entertaining encounter if you are a neutral, if you’re a Reading or Leeds fan it was painful though. A game that was there for the taking but one the players didn’t really chase. Some did, others seemed to be happy not to be three nil down and take a point. It was our level, a sad state of affairs and one that needs sorting. We’ve gone back in time, and are now just waiting for the summer to arrive.
Baily Peacock-Farrell – 8 – #PASMOM – I guess it says a lot that the man of the match was the goalkeeper but we should have won the game after he made a couple of crucial saves. I have been impressed with his communication and command of the area, as well as distribution. Paul Heckingbottom made the right call, I wasn’t so sure.
Gaetano Berardi – 6 – Modou Barrow was the most influential player in a Reading shirt but Berardi dealt with him in the main, a steady game.
Pontus Jansson – 7 – A decent game given the partner he had and the fact the form of himself and the team is poor. It really shows the season is over when he scores and doesn’t even celebrate, nice to see someone who cares so much they are unhappy with what’s going on, it doesn’t always seem the case with others.
Matthew Pennington – 5 – I honestly hope the stories of us signing him in the summer aren’t true. In terms of winning headers and tackles, he’s fine. When you look deeper, at something as simple as him kicking the ball it get’s blurry. Not going to take us where we need to be.
Laurens De Bock – 5 – Nearly threw the game away at 1-0 but Baily Peacock-Farrell bailed him out and then gave him a bollocking for it as well. Really hasn’t done anything since arriving to make you feel he resolves our left-back situation. Get Pearce in.
Adam Forshaw – 7 – Kept the ball very well today and to be fair, in terms of controlling the middle of the park it’s the best we’ve been for a while. He did get turned far too easily in the build up to the second goal but he is setting the standard in the middle of the pitch that nobody else is getting near.
Eunan O’Kane – 5 – To be honest he did ok today, it was his defensive work that didn’t help the team. His confidence is shot but he kept the ball better today, his passing percentage just over the 70% mark, Forshaw’s closer to 85%, tells you the story. The own goal wasn’t really his fault.
Gjanni Alioksi – 7 – I thought Alioksi looked good going forward today and had three efforts that were unlucky rather than a missed opportunity. Was direct and as always he worked back. If Saiz had been on form today he may have had more chances.
Samu Saiz – 6 – Well off his best but played a part in both goals. Really not himself at the moment, easy to see.
Pablo Hernandez – 8 – A good performance and a wonderful goal. I would consider playing him in the free role and pushing Saiz out wide currently, he’s the man on the ball going forward. Not far off my man of the match.
Caleb Ekuban – 5 – Had one decent chance and almost took it but for a deflection. His running gives us much more than Lasogga, he stretches defences and we need that. Does he look like getting goals? No, and there lies the problem. Maybe a 4-4-2 with Lasogga and Ekuban until the end of the season?