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Reading 7-1 Bolton Wanderers: Player Ratings

A stunning performance from the Royals saw them run out 7-1 winners against an inept Bolton side yesterday. You can read our match report here, but this is how we rated every Reading player who took part in the rout.

Alex McCarthy: 7

Made one good save after about ten minutes when David Ngog was one-on-one, and had little else to do all game. Will be disappointed to concede so late in the game from a corner, but on the plus side his distribution was a lot better than in recent weeks.

Chris Gunter: 8

My candidate for most improved player of the season had another solid game, bombing forward and supporting McCleary whenever possible, but also defending stoutly, something which has been a weakness for the Welsh international since joining the Royals.

Kaspars Gorkss: 9

An absolute rock at the heart of the Royals defence, he won every aerial duel and looked assured in possession. Was in the right place after a corner to slide in his second in two games, and his smile at taking on a Forest winger late in the game was a perfect note on the afternoon.

Alex Pearce: 6

Whilst Gorkss had an outstanding match, his counterpart at centre-back was far less convincing, twice being caught out at the back to let Wanderers in on goal. By no means a horror performance from Pearce, who dealt relatively well with the Bolton threat, but he didn't look like he was enjoying himself as much as the rest of the team.

Jordan Obita: 8

A revelation, Obita showed again that he can cope in a more defensive role and, like Gunter, he was willing to maraud forward but then sprint back into position as soon as the attack died. With Wayne Bridge around the squad, he's sure to continue improving, though he probably won't want to play left-back for the rest of his career.

Garath McCleary: 8

McCleary drifted in and out of the game as he seems to do all too frequently, but he set up two (including his selfless pass to Le Fondre for his hat trick) and caused problems for Bolton with his direct running.

Hope Akpan: 8

Still a little raw, taking a couple more touches than needed and perhaps a little ponderous in possession at times, but the energy and bustle of Akpan meant that Bolton never had time on the ball. The partnership with Williams has worked so far.

Danny Williams: 9

Like Akpan, Williams was everywhere. He may not have got a mention in the match report but that doesn't tell the whole story, as the American was chasing players down and playing simple, effective passes - and he was one of the best players on the day.

Jobi McAnuff: 7

A relatively quiet performance from Jobi, who was his usual energetic self but didn't manage to create too much. Typically unselfish, he was always supporting Obita when the left-back got forward, and there's no doubting that both wings are benefitting from their respective partnerships.

Adam Le Fondre: 9

This is what he can do. Two fantastic finishes and a tap in from McCleary sealed his half hour hat-trick, and he could have had four with a shot he just hooked over inside the six-yard box. Good link-up play as we know he's capable of, and the standing ovation he got when subbed off was richly deserved. Now to do this every week...

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 8

Pog may only have scored from the spot but that again doesn't tell the story, as he was a constant threat in the air and supported his strike partner and wingers admirably. He's looked a different player this season, with a hat-trick of player of the month wins completed in December.


Nick Blackman: 7

Another player who's come back with a vengeance, Blackman's confidence is admirable and whilst not every touch he took worked out yesterday, his goal summed up his current form as a ricochet lifted his 20-yarder over Lonergan.

Jake Taylor: 6

The game had petered out once Taylor arrived on the pitch but he showed some decent touches in the brief time he was in the fray.

Michael Hector: N/A

Just ten minutes for Hector, who replaced Gorkss at the heart of defence, and whilst that wasn't enough to judge him fully, he didn't look out of place.

That's how we rated the players - do you agree? Who was your man of the match? Let us know below...