Reading’s chances of finishing in the play-offs took a major hit last night as they were defeated 2-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Royals were looking to leapfrog Barnsley in the table by snatching a win against the high-flying Hornets, but they were taken down thanks to two moments of class from one man in particular.
In the space of two first half minutes, Senegal international Ismaila Sarr netted a brace for Watford, further showing why he has been courted by some big Premier League clubs in the last 12 months.
Watford only had two shots on target in the game out of their 12 attempts in total, but that was all they needed to put away the play-off chasers.
Reading tried, having 17 shots with five on target but they couldn’t get past Daniel Bachmann between the Watford sticks, with the likes of George Puscas and Yakou Meite having an off night.
One player though was singled out more than most and that’s Lewis Gibson.
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The Everton loanee hasn’t featured much this season, playing just 10 times in the Championship before last night’s fixture, and whilst he’s a natural centre-back he can also play as a left-back.
That’s where he featured last night and he came up against Sarr – and it was a complete mismatch.
Gibson was out of position for both goals and he got a real slating from Royals fans on Twitter – check out some of the responses.
How does Gibson get payed to play football
— Leo (@gamerniran) April 9, 2021
Terminate Gibsons loan
— Kyle Howell (@kylehowell2001) April 9, 2021
Why we ever got Gibson in on loan I'll never know
— Alex Norrish (@ANorrish1) April 9, 2021
Drag Gibson right now. Way out of his depth league 2 player at best
— Sam Gardner (@SamGardner04) April 9, 2021
Gibson vs Sarr isnt even fair
— James Roberts (@JamesRo33330795) April 9, 2021
Why is paunovic starting Gibson 😂😂😂
— CJHarper (@CJHarpe42495963) April 9, 2021
— Jayden Biggs (@biggs_jayden) April 9, 2021
Get Gibson off, absolutely useless! What is he doing!!!
— Jamie Collis (@JamieCollis1995) April 9, 2021
Gibson has offered nothing defending or going forward. Nothing #readingfc
— Guilty i support Reading (@royalmint90) April 9, 2021
Gibson out of his depth. Sarr is the best player in the division and Pauno has decided our reserve left back is the best person to deal with him #readingfc
— Laurie Figzal (@Laurie_Figzal) April 9, 2021