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8 aerial duels won, 7 interceptions – The Reading man proving crucial in march up the table

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Yakou Meite continued his recent run of form on Saturday as he added his eighth league goal of the season in Reading’s 3-1 win over Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

Playing on the right wing in a 4-2-3-1 system, Meite’s goal on 56 minutes proved the winner and saw Reading climb into 14th in the table.

Incredibly, that leaves them just eight points adrift of the playoffs with nine matches to play and following a run of three wins from their last five Championship matches, the Berkshire team look to be hitting their stride.

Meite, in particular, has impressed in recent weeks and scored his fourth goal in eight league games on Saturday.

An unconventional player, Meite has put in important work at both ends of the pitch this season and is now starting to find more consistency in front of goal.

Here, we analyse his latest performance for Reading against Birmingham.

For a player that only completed six passes during the 97 minutes he was on the pitch, Meite was very involved in this win for Reading.

With Reading tending to exchange more passes down the left-hand-side, Meite was generally charged supporting his full-back and look to get on the end of moves.

Just before the hour mark, that is exactly what he did when he rose highest to head home from a John Swift free-kick.

Reading are not a team that prioritises possession too much and they generally looking to play forward quickly, which suits a player like Meite who does his best work off the ball.

Of his 30 touches, three came in the Birmingham box while he also managed four shots in total, two of which were on target.

His aerial prowess was also impressive and he lead his team with eight aerial duels won during the match.

In addition, no non-defender in the Reading team completed more interceptions than his seven, while he ranked fifth on his team for clearances with four.

Overall, this was a strong performance from Meite who put in an important shift.

The winger showed real quality to finish from Swift’s corner and earn Reading a valuable win that extends their gap above the bottom three.


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Article title: 8 aerial duels won, 7 interceptions – The Reading man proving crucial in march up the table

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