Burnley v Reading: Player Ratings

Ben Hoskins

So here's what our guest author Matt Morris made of Reading's players in the 2-1 defeat at Burnley but let us know how you saw it and vote for your player of the match in our poll below.

Alex McCarthy: 8

Another excellent shot-stopping display which kept the score down. Still needs a lot of work on his distribution, with some goal kicks going straight out for throws.

Chris Gunter: 6

Still slightly suspect defending but linked up well in some attacks. Crossing was good today.

Wayne Bridge: 6

Competent enough, but laid some bad short passes at points. Hard to see how he cost £12M less than 5 years ago.

Alex Pearce: 5

As much as I love him, Pearce wasn't brilliant today. Caught for pace a fair bit and at fault for the goals.

Sean Morrison: 6

Should have done better for the first goal and, like Pearce, was too static at times.

Chris Baird: 6

Distributed the ball nicely but didn't win it enough for a holding midfielder.

Danny Guthrie: 7

Once again, won the ball countless times and generally good with his distribution. Set pieces weren't so much of a threat today though.

Jordan Obita: 7

Average first half, but grew into the game in the second spell. Doesn't look out of place at this level, despite being played out of position.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 6

Still not up to his usual standards, failing to beat his man on countless occasions. Did little creatively.

Jobi McAnuff: 6

A pretty quiet game but was given little of the ball. Not as good as McCleary.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 7

Held the ball up well but didn't look like a credible goal threat. Tracked back a lot but with no strike partner ended up leaving the final third too empty.

Subs:

Jake Taylor: 7

Decent little cameo; some great runs and got into some decent spaces. Potentially a promising youngster.

Nick Blackman: 4

Quite what Adkins sees in him I don't know. Ended up breaking down most of the attacks for the Burnley defence, and missed his only shot.

Adam le Fondre: 6

Got into some decent positions but didn't get enough contact on the ball for what looked like a decent chance. Didn't get a huge amount of service though so wasn't really able to do much.

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