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Reading FC 0-1 Charlton Athletic: Player Ratings

Our match report reflected on a poor performance from Reading yesterday afternoon - now here's how we rated the players. As ever, pick out your man of the match in the vote at the bottom.

Adam Federici: 6

Didn't have much to do, but came to the Royals' rescue when it mattered, stopping George Tucudean from doubling the lead late in the second half. Looked to distribute short wherever possible, clearly a tactical ploy, but not one that looked particularly promising or convincing.

Stephen Kelly: 6

Another decent game from our recalled right-back, he looked comfortable down that flank and even pulled off a few Murty-esque charges down the wing to support Mackie.

Alex Pearce: 5

Solid performance, though how he and Hector managed to let a 5 foot 8 striker get in front of them for a header is quite beyond me. His distribution was back to basics - give it to someone else and let them find a man.

Michael Hector: 5

As above for Pearce, though he did lose the ball in midfield for Charlton's breakaway chance and his long-range passing was hit and miss.

Chris Gunter: 4

Looked good on Tuesday night but it was the complete opposite this time round, as Charlton repeatedly attacked down his and Obita's flank. Allowed Solly to deliver the cross for the goal - it seems that the swap of sides has been the same for the opposition too.

Jamie Mackie: 6

Had a couple of good chances, especially a drive from Glenn Murray's layoff midway through the second half, but his production is still a concern. A willing runner, but lacks the skill and cutting edge to dominate an opponent.

Danny Williams: 5

Made it through the ninety in just his second game back from injury, and he understandably looked in need of a few more games - a tad weak on the ball and not his usual busy self.

Oliver Norwood: 6

Some more glamorous passes but I really am seeing the ghost of Danny Guthrie in him. Sure, he has more about him and is willing to put a tackle in, but when he's shut down, the team becomes completely ineffective. That said, his passing range is one of the only highlights to take out of these games.

Jordan Obita: 3

I've long called for Obita to be moved further forward, but today simply wasn't his day. A good portion of those reported "35 crosses" that we put in came from Obita, and very few beat their first man, let alone found a Reading player. He also drifted inside and wanted to cut into the middle rather than beat Solly on the wing.

Simon Cox: 5

Faded out of the game dramatically in the second half, after linking up well with Murray and Mackie in the opening stages. Pulled up with an injury around the 75 minute mark.

Glenn Murray: 6

Worked well with the little service he got, setting up our best chances and trying long range efforts himself. But seldom got the ball in the box, which he thrives on.


Hal Robson-Kanu: 5

Didn't have much time to do anything, but looked lively.

Nick Blackman: 5

Once again showed his willing to take a chance, and his shot from 25 yards that flew wide was the last Reading chance.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: n/a


So that's how we rated the players - now it's time for your say. Do you agree or disagree with the ratings? How about your man of the match? Let us know below.