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Reading's Ups & Downs: Games 23-33

A lot's happened since our last look at the ups and downs. For a start we've got a new manager and just as importantly it seems as if our time in the top division is coming to and end. So lets take a closer look at how each player's performed over those last 11 league games.

Bryn Lennon

Last Ten Results:

Newcastle (A) (W 2-1), Chelsea (H) (D 2-2), Sunderland (H) (W 2-1) , Stoke (A) (L 1-2), Wigan (H) (L 0-3), Everton (A) (L 1-3), Aston Villa (H) (L 1-2), Man Utd (A) (L 0-1), Arsenal (A) (L 1-4), Southampton (H) (L 0-2), Liverpool (H) (D 0-0)

Total: Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 7 - Points: 8

PLAYER TREND NOTES
GOALKEEPERS
ADAM FEDERICI Down_arrow_medium
Federici was in good form despite the team's woes but a freak injury before the Everton game saw him sidelined for four games and despite a recall against Southampton, he's now seen McCarthy steal the show against Liverpool.
ALEX McCARTHY Up_arrow_medium
After a frustrating five months out injured, McCarthy returned with a bang, keeping a clean sheet in a MOTM display against Liverpool.
STUART TAYLOR Up_arrow_medium
Taylor played in his highest number of Premier League games since the 07/08 season, the same one Reading were relegated... coincidence? Yes, totally. Anyway, it's four more games than he probably expected and he performed quite well.
DEFENDERS
CHRIS GUNTER Up_arrow_medium
After exile under Brian McDermott, Gunter has reclaimed his place under Nigel Adkins, starting the last two games. While he hasn't been out of this world, it's better than sitting on the bench.
SHAUN CUMMINGS Down_arrow_medium
Cummings hasn't featured in the league since December and given the signing of Steven Kelly, his future in Berkshire is looking precarius.
IAN HARTE Down_arrow_medium
Harte has once again been relegated to the bench and it's hard to see him getting a recall right now. He's now fallen behind the right-footed Kelly in the pecking order, with Nicky Shorey also being picked ahead of him at Arsenal.
NICKY SHOREY Equal_arrow_medium
Came out of the wilderness to play against Manchester United and Arsenal but has since fallen behind Kelly for the left-back slot.
ALEX PEARCE Down_arrow_medium
Have we seen the last of Pearce? Probably. He's been overlooked since Arsenal and with his contract up in a few weeks time and relegation all but confirmed, it makes sense to give Morrison a chance.
ADRIAN MARIAPPA Up_arrow_medium
Voted second in our March POTM, Mariappa is one of the few players to come out of this season with his reputation intact. Being touted as a potential captain, here's hoping he stays at the club next season.
KASPARS GORKSS ON LOAN Had an up and down time at Wolves but with the club set for another spell in the Championship and under new management, Gorkss could see action again for the Royals.
SEAN MORRISION Up_arrow_medium
Morrison has been given the chance to play regularly under Nigel Adkins and while he hasn't been overly impressive, he put in a decent shift against Liverpool.
STEPHEN KELLY Up_arrow_medium
Probably McDermott's best January signing, Kelly has done a decent job at both left and right back, although he's clearly far stronger out on the right and isn't an ideal option for the number 3 slot.
MIDFIELDERS
JIMMY KEBE Down_arrow_medium
Once again Jimmy has missed a significant chunk of the season through injury. He's started just 16 games this year and you can't help but feel his absence has really hurt us.
GARATH McCLEARY Equal_arrow_medium
The Jamaican winger has continued his in-and-out routine, starting the odd game and then being dropped. In all he's started 10 this season and with Kebe missing for so long, you've got to think he'll be disappointed to have only managed that.
HAL ROBSON-KANU Up_arrow_medium
Robson-Kanu has probably been the standout performer of a dire spring. Voted March's POTM he's bagged goals at Everton and Arsenal but missed last weekend's game with injury.
JOBI McANUFF Equal_arrow_medium
Same as always from Jobi. Frustrating moments followed by a great assist. Unclear how Brian leaving will impact his long-term future but I think Jobi has put in a good shift this season under very difficult circumstances.
DANNY GUTHRIE Up_arrow_medium
Guthrie has started every game under Nigel Adkins and finally seems to have established himself as a regular starter. His performances have been OK so far but he still lacks sharpness.
JAY TABB ON LOAN Tabby's been out on loan at Ipswich and has been getting some regular football. He's out of contract this summer but it's not out of the question that Adkins gives him a shot.
JEM KARACAN Equal_arrow_medium
Not the best and not the worst time from Karacan who's been pretty regular in the side of late. Sadly his performances haven't been the best and the return of Daniel Carrico could cause him problems.
MIKELE LEIGERTWOOD Down_arrow_medium
Ledge had a great game up at Newcastle but since then it's all been downhill for the midfielder. Booed off against Villa and a shambles at Arsenal, he could well have played his final game in the Premier League.
DANIEL CARRICO Equal_arrow_medium
This would be down, but his promising cameo against Liverpool gives us all a little bit of hope.
FORWARDS
ADAM LE FONDRE Equal_arrow_medium
January's Premier League player of the month hasn't scored since and while he's worked hard, he's hardly grabbed his chance when he's been started.
PAVEL POGREBNYAK Equal_arrow_medium
The Pog just hasn't shone in Berkshire since his arrival and his Reading career just seems to be drifting away. It's hard to see him slugging it out for a Championship campaign but you wonder if any side will want him after an underwhelming season.
NOEL HUNT Down_arrow_medium
Noel's getting some playing tme under Adkins but hasn't scored a Premier League goal since OCTOBER.
SIMON CHURCH Down_arrow_medium
Left out of the 25-man squad and out of contract this summer, it's unlikely we'll see Church feature for Reading again.
JASON ROBERTS Down_arrow_medium
Utter waste of a squad spot to be honest. Roberts played just 11 league games this year, didn't score a goal and saw his season ended after hip surgery, which he announced before the team did, the night before the crunch game with Wigan ... classy Jason.