Button and Elliott the stand-outs as Reading FC squander two-goal lead in defeat to Portsmouth – Reading Today Online

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Ruben Selles’ Reading fell to their 10th defeat in 14 league games, surrendering a 2-0 lead against league leaders Portsmouth.

Reading raced into a two-goal lead, with midfielders Lewis Wing and Charlie Savage opening the scoring, but saw summer transfer target Tino Anjorin grab one back. The half-time whistle couldn’t come quickly enough, and the dangerous Colby Bishop pounced on a cross to restore parity.

The visitors dominated proceedings after the break and took a deserved lead through Terry Devlin who capitalised on poor marking in the box – his goal proved to be enough to earn Pompey all three points.

Here’s how the players fared:

David Button 7.5: Made several exceptional saves to deny shots from close range, including a Tino Anjorin overhead kick. Wasn’t given much assistance for any of the goals.

Andy Yiadom 6: The skipper made a welcome return after serving a three-game suspension. Bombed on in the opening stages but was pinned back more after the break.

Harlee Dean 4: Another unremarkable performance from the defender. Struggled to keep up with the guile of Colby Bishop and had no idea where Devlin was for the third goal.

Tyler Bindon 5: Looked more comfortable in the centre-back berth after a run of games filling in at right-back but never looked in total control of his individual duels.

Nesta Guinness-Walker 4: Both goals conceded in the first half came from his side and the left-back offered minimal coverage down the flank.

Michael Craig 5: Gave the other two midfielders the licence to roam forward in the first half. Battled hard until the end.

Charlie Savage 5: The first of two midfielders to get on the scoresheet. Tidy on the ball but could have been more robust in the challenge.

Lewis Wing 6: Took his goal brilliantly, picking up a loose ball on the edge of the box and firing past Norris. Made plenty of positive runs forward in the opening stages but faded late on.

Harvey Knibbs 4: A poor showing with the ball at his feet, failing to create openings. To his credit, covered a lot of ground to initiate the press.

Femi Azeez 4: The intent was there before the break but completely disappeared in the second period.

Sam Smith 5: Spurned a golden chance to make it 3-1 with the goal at his mercy after he had rounded the keeper. Barely given anything to work with after half-time.


Ben Elliott 7: Played a couple of defence-splitting passes, showcasing his impressive range. Didn’t have enough time to influence the result.

Amadou Mbengue 5: Energetic and good to see him back. Lost possession in dangerous areas a couple of times.

Paul Mukairu 4: Offered very little after coming on.

Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan: N/A

Dom Ballard: N/A

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