Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Player Ratings

Laurence Griffiths

A point gained, not two points lost, against a decent Nottingham Forest side; and it was a last-minute header from Stephen Kelly that rescued the day for the Royals. Another dismal performance for 75 minutes, but who came out with most credit?

Alex McCarthy:5

Made the saves he had to, and could do nothing about Greg Halford's header for the Forest opener. It would be easy to blame his errant kicking on the conditions, but this isn't the first time McCarthy's distribution has looked below par.

Stephen Kelly: 5

Popped up in the box to head home the late equaliser but was otherwise quite shaky - he swapped positions with Chris Gunter when the Royals were pushing forward for an equaliser.

Chris Gunter: 5

Coped well enough at centre-back, obviously not his natural position, but the fact he was employed there showed the complete lack of depth at the position.

Alex Pearce: 5

Again, you've got to bear in mind that he was playing with three right-backs in the back line, but he looks a shadow of the player that was touted for Reading captaincy/legend status two years ago in our promotion season.

Shaun Cummings: 5

Another player out of position, Cummings is clearly lacking confidence and whether by design or through fear, doesn't get forward to support attacks. Lack of left foot an obvious problem.

Garath McCleary: 3

Completely anonymous against his former side.

Danny Williams: 4

A couple of good runs but he and Guthrie are being overrun in every single game we play. He reminded me of James Harper when I first saw him, that's not changed.

Danny Guthrie: 4

Another performance where Guthrie looked as though he might be holding the team back with his slow build-up play and desire to run the game at his pace. The pair need more help in the middle.

Nick Blackman: 7

The much maligned Blackman was undoubtedly the pick of the bunch against Forest, looking about the only player willing to take a chance, whether by firing in on goal or running at an opponent.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 5

Like Guthrie, he's just gone off the boil recently after a decent few matches. Conditions didn't help his style of play, but he couldn't force his presence on the game.

Billy Sharp: 4

Sharp hasn't done it consistently since joining the Royals on loan from Southampton, although it seems as though the club will be looking to bring him in again permanently. That could spell the end for...


Adam Le Fondre: 4

The fans called for Le Fondre, but he didn't do much of note on the day - certainly not the late heroics we've seen of him in the past. It looks like he wants out of the club because of his lack of starts.

Royston Drenthe: 5

Took the free-kick for the goal, but also showed his frustrating side with a shot from 25 yards when others were far better positioned.

Jake Taylor: 5

A decent cameo from the Reading trainee, who probably only got his place on the bench because of the injury crisis. Played the ball well and got forward intelligently.

That's what we thought - but we want your opinions! Who was your man of the match? Agree or disagree with the ratings? Let us know below...

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