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Reading v QPR: Player Ratings

We round up the heros and zeros from our final meaningful Premier League encounter against QPR.

Richard Heathcote

Alex McCarthy: 6

McCarthy wasn't forced into the heroics that marked his last clean sheet against Liverpool but he put in a steady display without looking world class. He'll be a bit disappointed at giving Bothroyd a chance to chip him but he made a decent late stop from Mackie and can walk away with his head high after this season. Hopefully he'll be our number one next season but I could easily see a Premier League side taking a gamble on him.

Stephen Kelly: 6

Let's face it, Kelly isn't a left-back but he's a decent enough defender to plug a gap between now and the end of the season. He's grown into the position game by game and this was possibly his best outing of the season in the position, getting forward well and helping support McAnuff and McCleary.

Adrian Mariappa: 7

Solid and composed as ever, Mariappa dealt well with the likes of Remy and Bothroyd and remains a strong contender to take home the player of the season award.

Sean Morrison: 6

Did ok but had a couple of nervy moments and still doesn't look totally comfortable with the ball at his feet. He's another that's had a decent campaign and with Pearce all but gone, he'll be looking forward to making the shirt his own in the years to come.

Chris Gunter: 7

A really good shift from Gunter, who kept getting into good positions on the overlap but may have been a little disappointed not to get a few more quality deliveries in. The Welsh international has easily got the quality for the Championship and will be in an interesting battle with Kelly and Shaun Cummings for the slot next season.

Jobi McAnuff: 7

Jobi never stopped working and while some have questioned his captaincy credentials this is a game that should show exactly why Brian gave him the armband. He didn't always have the touch of quality he needed to make the difference but he made some good tackles, chased down every ball and worked his socks off for the team. He might never get the chance to play in the Premier League again but I hope he stays at the football club next year.

Jem Karacan: 6

Neat and tidy from Karacan who didn't get much time on the ball but did his job of screening the defence well.

Danny Guthrie: 8

An impressive performance from Guthrie who's been improving game on game under Adkins. He's comfortable on the ball and knows how to make a pass but doesn't quite shine in the final third. Even so, I'd give him Reading's man of the match for this one and if he can continue to up his fitness and performance levels, he'll be a fantastic asset next year.

Nick Blackman: 5

Nothing seemed to go right for Blackman today and his foul throw towards the end of the first half summed up his afternoon. He moved about the pitch well but his touches let him down and his decision making was equally poor. At 23 he's got time to develop but he's certainly not demonstrated he's a £1.2m player quite yet.

Garath McCleary: 6

A bit like Michail Antonio but without the strength. McCleary just hasn't shown he's got the ability to get quality deliveries into the box from wide areas and after plenty of chances, hasn't demonstrated true Premier League quality on a consistent basis. Of Reading's four wingers this season I think he's possibly been the weakest and I wouldn't be shocked to see him leave this summer.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 6

Some good hold-up play but not the best of afternoons for Pog who missed two good chances and lacked quality in playing final balls.


Hal Robson-Kanu: 6

Did his best but looked a little bit off the pace following his injury.

Adam Le Fondre: 6

Didn't make an impact.

Ian Harte: NR

Why? Just why?