Stevenage 0-0 Reading player ratings: Who impressed for Boro?

PUBLISHED: 17:14 06 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:26 06 January 2018

Ben Wilmot of Stevenage goes close against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ben Wilmot of Stevenage goes close against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Stevenage and Reading played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at the Lamex in the FA Cup third-round but who impressed for Darren Sarll's side?

T King, 7 - The goalkeeper did well on his Stevenage debut. He only had one save to make in the first-half after a long period of inactivity but did superbly to keep out a certain goal from a Reading corner. Kicking was questionable at times.

Henry, 7 - Got forward well in support of whoever had drifted to the right hand side. His defensive work was standout as he made two sliding tackles that surely stopped Reading from scoring on his club record equalling appearance.

J King, 7 - Played a crucial role alongside his inexperienced central defensive partner and was dominant in the air. Solid in his tackling and coped well with the pace of the Reading attack.

Wilmot, 8 - It was sink or swim for the 18-year-old as Darren Sarll threw him in at the deep end. Thankfully he swam as he won my MOTM. Looked confident and assured at the back. Communicate well and defended brilliantly against Reading’s dangerous attack. He has a very bright future ahead of him.

Martin, 7 - Delivered a number of dangerous balls into the penalty area and defended well when required. A good performance from the former Millwall man.

Smith, 6 - Gave Stevenage a driving force in midfield and was also willing to do the dirty work of winning the ball back when required. Could have used the ball better in possession though.

McKee, 7 - Looked calm and composed as the young midfielder appeared unfazed by his Championship opponents. Used the ball well and tried to create chances from deep. Looks to have established himself in the side now.

Kennedy, 6 - Attempted to create chances with his direct running and good linking play at every opportunity. Still looked a bit short of match sharpness after his recent return to injury and was eventually replaced by Samuel with 72 minutes played.

Pett, 6 - Ran tirelessly for his side as he pressed well in the final third. His movement into pockets of space caused Reading problems when Stevenage had possession and looked a threat for Boro.

Newton, 6 – Worked tirelessly as always and had plenty of shots on goal but found a Reading ‘keeper in fine form. He wasn’t fazed by his Championship level opponents and look to test them with his pace and direct play.

Godden, 6 – Found chances hard to come by as it wouldn’t quiet fall for Boro’s top scorer. His work ethic to press the visitors at the back cannot be faulted though.


Samuel, 5 – Put in one dangerous ball but had very little time to create anything else of note.

Franks, N/A – Came on in the dying moments for Wilmot and had little to do.

Reading: Jaakkola 7, Van den Berg 6, McShane 6, Evans 5, McCleary 6, Edwards 6, Barrow 6, Bacuna 6, Ilori 5, Kelly 5, Richards 6.

Substitutes: Kermorgant 6, Swift 5, Gunter N/A

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