Ratings: Dolan dazzles in Reading victory

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Chris Heyes hands out his player ratings as Rovers continue their impressive home start…

Thomas Kaminski 

The Belgian won’t get many quieter afternoons this season. One save of note from Yiadom but was mainly a passenger for the rest of the game.  

Ryan Nyambe 

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Another dominant and powerful display against a tricky opponent in Ejaria. Let’s hope the injury was just a cramp and nothing more serious. 

Darragh Lenihan 

A true leader’s performance today. Thwarted most of Reading’s attacks with either a block or a header. If Ayala’s injury is going to keep him out for a while, then the skipper will need to be on this form every game.  

Daniel Ayala 

Didn’t have much to do in the time he was on the field. Seeing him go off before halftime was the sight we had all feared this season.  

Tayo Edun 

The summer signing is very rapidly becoming a fans’ favourite. Either going forward or in defence, he was assured and dangerous. Nice to have two able options at left-back.  

Lewis Travis 

He had John Swift in his pocket all game and proved why he is so instrumental to any Rovers line-up. The engine of the team. 

John Buckley 8

Back in the starting 11 and showed why he has to be one of the first names on the team sheet. Constantly breaking up Reading attacks and recycling play. Looked assured at right-back too. 

Joe Rothwell 

There aren’t many better sights than seeing Joe marauding through the midfield with the ball glued to his feet. Created the opening goal and was pivotal in Rovers getting a stranglehold of the game in the second half. 

Tyrhys Dolan 

Early contender for goal of the season and an absolute menace for Reading to deal with all game. Could have had a second quality goal if it wasn’t for a great save by Southwood late on. Man
Of The Match 

Sam Gallagher 

He got the opening goal and was unlucky not to have a couple more. Proved a decent outlet aerially and battled hard all game.   

Ben Brereton Diaz 6 

Didn’t really have his usual effect on the game and ended up dropping deeper in order to get attacks started. The quieter of the front 3.  

Substitutes 

Jan Paul Van Hecke 7 (replaced Daniel Ayala after 39 mins) 

Reminded me of a young Colin Hendry. Will stick his head where others wouldn’t dare and doesn’t mind getting forward too. A glaring miss from a couple of yards out after starting the attack. Looked relatively solid defensively.  

Ian Poveda 6 (replaced Ryan Nyambe after 61 mins) 

Showed a lot more fight and determination than in previous appearances. Hopefully a sign of things to come.  

Bradley Johnson N/A (replaced Joe Rothwell after 87 mins) 

Came on to see out the game out and did so.

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