Here are our player ratings from Reading’s fourth consecutive league triumph at home to Watford in the Championship.

Rafael – 8

Did not have an awful lot of clear-cut chances to cope with, but his handling was exceptional – he dealt with every high ball into his area and commanded his box superbly. His distribution as also very effective.

Tom Holmes – 7

In an unfamiliar role, Holmes did struggle a little in the first half as he was frequently targeted by the Watford attackers. He maintained his composure and improved as the game went on and got into to some really good supporting positions offensively.

Omar Richards – 8

Similar to Holmes, Richards did have a bit of a tough task but rose to the occasion superbly, putting in some brilliant challenges and positioning himself really well to cope with the continual threat down the flanks.

Liam Moore – 8

Led by example. He has been so impressive under Paunovic and continued that today with a stunning showing. With Watford pressing relentlessly, he ensured the defence remained organized and did not give up a yard of space easily. A couple of slight personal hiccups, but fortunately they were not punished.

Michael Morrison – 9

Exceptional. His communication was first class, he won a lot more than he lost in the air and got into some good positions in the box when Reading did get forward and provided a real aerial threat.

Josh Laurent – 8

Tenacious, combative, and full of energy. Watford didn’t really get the chance to break at Reading and much of that was down to Laurent positioning himself fantastically and chasing down every loose ball tirelessly.

Andy Rinomhota – 8

See above. These two are striking up a really impressive partnership and make things really tough for opposition midfields with their relentless approach.

Michael Olise – 6

Was understandably withdrawn as Reading looked to seal the victory but was not quite at his best today. He was a little slow to move the ball and on a couple of chances lost possession quite easily. Just a blip, I am sure.

Sone Aluko – 9

Aluko looked like a player transformed. He displayed brilliant close control, was positive in possession and perhaps most notably put some really inviting crosses into the area. He also was not afraid to run at a man, which we have not seen for a while. More of the same please, Sone!

Yakou Meite – 7

Won an awful lot of flicks and linked really well with George Puscas who were both on the same wavelength. Drove at Watford with real purpose and strength.

George Puscas – 8

The goalscorer deserves a lot of credit. Although they were not always picked out, he made a series of brilliant runs in behind and constantly looked to be on the shoulder of the last man. His hold-up play was superb as well, drawing a lot of free-kicks and alleviating the pressure on the back line. Deserved his goal.


Tom Mcintyre – 8

It was a bit of a surprise to see Mcintyre more advanced, but he slotted in fantastically. He added a bit more bite in the middle and was composed when in possession, you certainly wouldn’t of thought he was a defender.

Dejan Tetek – 5

Came on in the closing stages and picked up a bit of a needless booking.