Alex McCarthy – 7 Made some fine saves to make the score line a lot better than it could have been. However, it’s obvious that the communication between him and the centre backs can sometimes be shaky, as he often came out for balls that Morrison or Pearce also wanted to clear.
Chris Gunter – 6 Didn’t seem as solid as he has been for the rest of the season, and didn’t quite have the link that we have seen him have with McCleary when we had a rare attacking move.
Alex Pearce – 5 Looked completely off the pace today, and seemed to be lacking the desire and passion we often see from him. Lots and lots of hoofing and wayward headers.
Sean Morrison – 5 At fault for at least one of the goals, he also seemed a second or two behind the play. Couldn’t cope with the constant threat of Waghorn and McManaman.
Jordan Obita – 7 Glad to see him back in the left-back role that we have seen him develop in over the last couple of months. Still wanted to go forward when we were 3-0 down, and had a cheeky run that unfortunately came to nothing.
Michael Hector – 5 I desperately want him to do well, but his inexperience showed a lot today. Lots of sloppy passing and control.
Garath McCleary – 6 Just couldn’t get into the game. He hasn’t seemed right for a while so I’m presuming he still isn’t fully fit. Hopefully his back problem is sorted out sooner rather than later.
Jobi McAnuff – 6 Still unsure as to why he was taken off at 55 minutes as he was no worse than the rest of them. But, like McCleary, he just couldn’t get a decent run down the wing.
Danny Williams – 7 We need him back fit asap! He was never going to give up, and chased every ball, even if it was a lost cause. I think Reading’s midfield desperately misses him when he doesn’t play; he seems organised and composed at all times.
Hope Akpan – 6 Lost a few tackles and was reasonably lucky not to be sent off, but it was nice to see a midfield that consisted of players all playing in their favoured positions.
Pavel Pogrebnyak – 7 Pav, like Williams, tried to make something out of nothing when the ball made one of its rare appearances in the attacking half. He also came straight over the travelling fans at the final whistle before anyone else, which I thought was rather telling.
Nick Blackman – 6 Thought he did okay considering the circumstances!
Hal Robson-Kanu – 5
Adam Le Fondre – 5