On Saturday afternoon, the Royals got back to winning ways at the expense of relegation-threatened Rotherham. Reading defeated the Millers 1-0 at the New York Stadium in a rather forgettable affair that saw Michael Morrison bag his fourth goal of the season.

Despite taking all three points home, Veljko Paunovic’s side only registered 12 shots against Rotherham, five less than the hosts (17) who were left empty-handed.

Possession was split equally, with both sides finishing the game with 50 per cent of the ball. The Royals finished with the higher pass success rate (69 per cent) of the sides; however, this was significantly lower than in the previous two games against Middlesbrough (78 per cent) and Wycombe (74 per cent), which both ended in defeat.

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Michael Morrison, was awarded the man of the match award after earning a clean sheet for his side and scoring the sole goal of the game in the first-half.

The former Birmingham City centre-back ranked as Reading highest performer (8.46) on Saturday, followed by Benfica loanee Alfa Semedo (8.37) who struck the woodwork with the last kick of the first-half.

Omar Richards’ return to starting line-up was welcomed, as the full-back took on his role as the Royals’ pivot-point again; Richards has taken more touches than any of his teammates in his last five games and continued his run at the New York Stadium, finishing the game with 66 touches (1st).

Lucas Joao struggled to make any real impact on the game again, failing to register a single shot on target despite taking twice as many (four) as any of his teammates; the Portuguese forward was also adjudged to have controlled the ball poorly more than any other Reading player against Wycombe, with four poor touches registered against Paul Warne’s side.

Despite being unable to take his chances, Joao finished the game with the highest pass percentage (92.3 per cent) of all 30 players to feature on Saturday.

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Michael Olise was Reading’s most creative player, with more passes (41) key passes (two) than any of his teammates again.

The Royals performance was not a particularly memorable one, but the ability to grind out wins in the Championship is often the difference between promotion and mid-table.

Paunovic will be looking ahead to the game against Blackburn tomorrow night and hoping the weekend’s win will spark a change in fortune, following two wins in seven for the Serbian.