Bournemouth v Reading: Player Ratings

Ben Hoskins

It wasn't a great night for Reading as a team at Bournemouth in a 3-1 defeat but have any of the players enhanced their status? We rate the performances and invite you to vote for your POTM.

Alex McCarthy: 5

This is why Alex McCarthy isn't going to the World Cup folks, he's just not the finished article yet. It wasn't that McCarthy was directly responsible for any of the goals but he just looked a keeper totally unsure of himself and his overall positioning was pretty suspect throughout the game.  His distribution continues to be a problem and I think the summer can't come soon enough from a keeper who's had a pretty good season overall but is slowly fading.

Wayne Bridge: 5

Didn't do too badly at all for his first game in six months and an hour of game time will do him the world of good coming down the stretch. Maybe could have done better for the third goal but generally was alright if obviously not anywhere near fully fit.

Kaspars Gorkss: 4

Poor night at the office for the bandaged up Gorkss who was roasted all night long by Grabban and seemed to have no ideas when he did have the ball at his feet. We joked about how he keeps finding a way back into the team on this week's Tilehurst End Podcast but really this shows why it's time to move on from the Latvian.

Alex Pearce: 6

Didn't cover himself in glory with the goals but did do some basic things well and it was his drive into the midfield that helped set up our goal which just nudges him from a 5 to a 6 in my book.

Chris Gunter: 4

Poor day from Gunter who barely got into the opposition half and had a torrid time up against Matt Ritchie.

Royston Drenthe: 3

Not a Happy Birthday from Royston who set up more chances for Bournemouth than he did for Reading. Wasted our best opportunity of the night by going for personal glory and it said it all that our best spell came once he was taken off. If you can't put in a good performance against Ian Harte then when are you?

Jobi McAnuff: 4

Dismal display from our captain who certainly tried his best but couldn't put in a tackle and failed to keep the ball ticking over either.

Jordan Obita: 5

Jordan's positional merry-go-round continued tonight and sadly he didn't cover himself in glory on what was admittedly a tough assignment. Earned himself a booking after he lunged in seconds after losing the ball.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 6

Made a couple of promising runs during the early stages but went missing for long periods up until he scored midway through the second. A great finish from the Welsh winger and you can only hope that it sparks his confidence going into these final few games.

Adam Le Fondre: 4

I'm trying not to be mean when I say this but can somebody tell me what the point of Adam Le Fondre is in a game like this? When Reading have absolutely no ability to thread balls through the middle and have got two fairly poor crossers on the wings, what are you expecting from a poacher like Alfie? Yes he runs around but he can't hold the ball up, barely wins a header and his pace scares nobody.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 5

Pog did what he always does and that's try his very hardest and put his body on the line but he wasn't a real threat to Camp's goal and the Russian has now gone over two months without a goal from open play.


Mikele Leigertwood: 6

Maybe being a bit generous here but Ledge did the simple things well and gave about as good a display as you could expect from somebody making his first senior appearance in a year during a game when we're 3-0 down and he hasn't got a recognised central midfielder alongside him.

Stephen Kelly: 5

Came on for Bridge and did OK, got involved in a bit of an argument with some of the crowd late on which was about his only contribution.

Nick Blackman: 5

Barely had time to make an impact but did still give it his best shot.

So that's how we've seen things but what do you think? Please let us know in the comments below and vote in our POTM poll.

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