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Reading's Ups & Downs - Trends For The First Six Games

Lets cast our minds back to the opening day of the season. Adam Federici was number one, Ian Harte was our left-back and Adam Le Fondre snatched a point with a late penalty. Fast forward five games and all three of them are out of the starting lineup, with two gone from the squad all together. We look at the ups and downs of these players and the rest of the squad during those first six games.

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PLAYER TREND NOTES
GOALKEEPERS
ADAM FEDERICI DOWN Federici started the season number one but clangers in two games coupled with worries over a knee injury have seen Federici dropped. A row over comments on social media won't have helped his long term chances of a recall.
ALEX McCARTHY UP One of the bright spots of the season so far has been the performances of McCarthy. He put in Man Of The Match calibre displays against West Brom and Swansea and his saves at the Liberty ensured we escaped with a point.
STUART TAYLOR LEVEL Taylor hasn't yet been on the pitch but he has now moved up to the bench after Federici's troubles.
DEFENDERS
CHRIS GUNTER DOWN One of our most expensive signings ever now finds himself out of the starting lineup. Gunter gave away a penalty at Chelsea but didn't look too bad at West Brom and can consider himself slightly unlucky.
SHAUN CUMMINGS UP Cummings would have considered himself somewhat unlucky to start the season as second choice to Gunter but has grasped his chance since earning a recall at QPR.
IAN HARTE DOWN Have we seen the last of Ian Harte in a Reading shirt? The veteran full-back struggled in the first three games and with his trademark set pieces being way under his usual high standards, his dropping was almost inevitable.
NICKY SHOREY UP Shorey might have expected to start the season in the team but had to bide his time as Brian stuck with Harte. Harte's poor start gave Shorey a chance & he's put in a string of steady displays while scoring a great free-kick at QPR.
ALEX PEARCE DOWN Have to feel a little sorry for Pearce who put in some decent performances amongst a poor defence. McDermott elected to go with a pacier option in Mariappa and Maps has done enough to keep Pearce out so far.
ADRIAN MARIAPPA UP Mariappa also had to be patient to start the season but after a poor start to the season he earned his chance against QPR and looked decent against Newcastle & Swansea.
KASPARS GORKSS LEVEL I don't think Gorkss has done overly well to start this season and as one of just three ever presents, he's been part of a defence to concede 16 goals in 8 games. Has to up his game to keep Pearce out long term.
SEAN MORRISION UP While he's been limited to just a few minutes at QPR, there was some good news for Morrison as he signed a new deal to keep him with the club another four years.
MIDFIELDERS
JIMMY KEBE UP Jimmy missed the first four league games but returned to Premier League action with a goal against Newcastle. He didn't overly impress at Swansea but it's great to have him back fit.
GARETH McCLEARY LEVEL McCleary has really blown hot & cold so far. He looked electric against Stoke, Chelsea and Peterborough but then faded against Spurs and West Brom. Now relegated to the bench since Kebe's return.
HAL ROBSON-KANU DOWN Robson-Kanu started against Stoke but has just one start since while earning a few minutes from the bench. He did score against Spurs while could have snatched a late equaliser at West Brom so he's looked pretty good as a late impact sub.
JOBI McANUFF LEVEL Jobi has divided the fanbase this year, with some saying he's not good enough and others saying he's been one of few good performers. For my money the truth lies somewhere in between for our captain. What isn't up for debate is that he's created plenty of goals.
DANNY GUTHRIE DOWN Guthrie came into the season being proclaimed as a great buy and talking up his England chances. Poor results led to him being dropped & Guthrie's own twitter comments suggesting he doesn't fit in to a 'direct team' have not gone down well with Brian.
JAY TABB UP Tabb can't have been expecting many starts this year but managed to earn a place in the first XI against Swansea and put in a decent shift. Will likely drop out of the team when Leigertwood returns but for now he's on the up.
JEM KARACAN LEVEL Jem has been in and out of the side this year but put in a fine display against Newcastle as well as signing a new contract at the club.
MIKELE LEIGERTWOOD DOWN Leigertwood will probably admit to the fact he's not been at his best so far this year. He was looking better against Newcastle before a dead leg stopped his participation at Swansea. Hopefully we'll see more of Newcastle Ledge than West Brom Ledge.
BRYNJAR GUNNARSON LEVEL Can't imagine Bryn was expecting to be near the side this season and he duly hasn't been.
FORWARDS
ADAM LE FONDRE LEVEL After being a super sub for most of last season, Alfie returned to the starting lineup and made a goalscoring start to his PL career against Stoke. He set up another against Spurs but hasn't otherwise had a lot to go on and has been replaced by Noel Hunt.
PAVEL POGREBNYAK LEVEL Pog came to the club with heavy expectations and while two Premier League goals isn't a bad return, it's not quite been the explosive start we might have hoped for.
NOEL HUNT UP Noel wasn't really expected to feature a great deal with Pog, Alfie and Roberts all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order. But Hunt was given a chance against QPR and then scored back-to-back goals against Newcastle & Swansea.
SIMON CHURCH DOWN Church hasn't had a sniff this season as a contract row has denied him the chance to leave the club on loan.
JASON ROBERTS LEVEL Suspension and injury has limited Roberts' impact this season but a couple of promising cameos against Newcastle and Swansea suggests he could still be a key player this year