Here are our player ratings from Reading’s 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at the Madejski Stadium.

Rafael – 6/10

A quieter game than he was probably expecting, the Royals keeper had little to do for large spells of the game as Reading’s defence stood firm for large spells of the game. Could do little about the goal after the cruel deflection gifted a simple finish for Harrison.

Chris Gunter- 7/10

An impressive display from the returning Chris Gunter, who played his first 90 minutes of the season against one of the league’s best sides. Looked solid and composed, held his position well and managed to keep Harrison quiet for large spells of the game. Pegged back for large spells however and didn’t offer much offensively.

Liam Moore – 8/10

A real captain’s performance from Liam Moore yesterday evening. Moore showed his class and alongside fellow centre backs Miazga and Morrison marked Patrick Bamford out of the game for long spells.

Matt Miazga – 8/10

Read the game well throughout, looked calm and assured under pressure and put his body on the line on a number of occasions when Leeds were forced into shots from distance.

Michael Morrison – 8/10

Another impressive performance from Morrison against Leeds. Much like Moore and Miazga, Morrison repelled the vast majority of the visitor’s pressure, especially in the second half.

Omar Richards – 6/10

The weak link at the back yesterday. Richards didn’t have a terrible game but did look nervous on the ball – especially in the early stages. Richards does deserve praise for his crucial challenge on Costa kept the scores level at the start of the second half. Bowen would have probably liked to have seen more going forward from Richards as well.

Andy Rinomhota – 6/10

Did more off the ball than on the ball yesterday. Rinomhota matched the intensity of the Leeds midfield and ensured that Kalvin Phillips wasn’t given much time on the ball to pick out dangerous forward balls.

John Swift – 5/10

This may appear a somewhat harsh rating, but Swift wasted a number of opportunities from set-pieces. On several occasions his delivery wasn’t up to his usual high standard, from corners especially. With the majority of Reading’s chances coming from dead ball situations, a better performance from Swift could have been the difference.

Ovie Ejaria – 7/10

Ejaria’s performances have been consistently good throughout the campaign and he had another good game yesterday. His close control in tight spaces allowed him to beat the Leeds press and look for runs from the two front men. The pick of Reading’s midfield, easily.

George Puscas – 5/10

You cannot criticise the Romanian’s work ethic against Leeds. Puscas did everything he could to close down the Leeds back line when Reading weren’t in possession. Created no clear-cut chances to score. Puscas put a lot of effort in, but had very little to show from it.

Yakou Meite – 5/10

Much like Puscas, Meite was left feeding on scraps for the majority of the game. He wasn’t helped by a lack of support from the full backs but his hold up play was poor – he didn’t do enough to keep hold of the ball and bring other players into play.


Lucas Boye – 4/10

Surrendered possession a few times, including in the build up to the Leeds goal. Never looked a threat to the Leeds goal.

Danny Loader – 4/10

Only on for the final ten minutes, Loader never got into the game. Bowen called on his subs to make more of an impact but to be honest, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Loader was even on the pitch for the end of the game.

Garath McCleary – N/A

Not given enough time to give a fair rating.