The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Paul Ed­di­son

ANDREW TAY­LOR can for­give team-mate Ola John for any lack of de­fend­ing as the Read­ing winger more than makes up for it at the other end of the pitch.

John is at the Made­jski Sta­dium on a sea­son-long loan from Ben­fica and his per­for­mances have led to Ja­maica in­ter­na­tional Garath McCleary be­ing re­duced to a sub­sti­tute’s role.

McCleary did climb off the bench to score in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City last time out, but Dutch­man John, 23, has been in in­spired form re­cently, net­ting against both Charl­ton and Hud­der­s­field.

Full-back Tay­lor, on loan from Wi­gan, has had a front row view as he oc­cu­pies the space be­hind the winger.

And, while he read­ily ad­mits he could do with some more de­fen­sive help on oc­ca­sions, Tay­lor is not about to lay into John.

“He’s one of those play­ers who can cre­ate some­thing out of noth­ing,” said Tay­lor.

“He might over-elab­o­rate at times but on his day he can beat any­body and he’s a matchwinner.”

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