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Doncaster vs Reading: Player Ratings

Here’s how we rated the players from Reading’s vital win at Doncaster on Saturday.

Alex McCarthy – 8

Another solid performance from McCarthy, most notably making a great save to deny Billy Sharp from scoring a header which would have made the scoreline 2-0. His kicking still wasn’t perfect, but I think the strong wind yesterday could have made things difficult.

Chris Gunter – 8

Looked calm and relaxed throughout the game, and even his partnership with Garath McCleary seemed to be back on track after it was clearly missing at Wigan. His passion during the goal celebrations was something incredible.

Alex Pearce – 8

That run and that step over. Nothing more needs to be said.

Sean Morrison – 7

Not a bad display by Morrison. A few sloppy headers here and there, but it didn’t really spoil a decent performance.

Jordan Obita – 8

Just the same Obita performance we’ve come to know and love over the course of this season. His set pieces look better and better every week, and I’m excited to see more of what he can do next season!

Garath McCleary – 7

I still can’t work out how he’s still managing to play reasonably well with consistent injuries! His best game for a while, getting down the wing quickly, linking up well with Gunter and putting some decent crosses into the box.

Mikele Leigertwood – 7

The man’s as much of a hero as Pearce in my eyes! Okay, his performance wasn’t the best, but to come in and start his first game in over a year at such a crucial time in the season, not make any major mistakes and work well with Akpan in midfield is definitely something that should be commended.

Hope Akpan – 9

I’d go as far as saying this was his best game in a Reading shirt. Really convincing performance and dominant in midfield. He even got himself into some decent positions later on in the game. Definitely worthy of man of the match in my opinion.

Jobi McAnuff – 8

His passion for football can never ever be faulted, but on Saturday McAnuff was the ideal captain, not letting heads drop and kept pushing right until the end. Also produced some dangerous crosses and looked like he had some decent pace down the wing.

Pavel Pogrebnyak – 9

The fact he scored with his head makes him worthy of a 9! But seriously, usual Pav work rate with two great goals to show for it.

Adam Le Fondre – 8

Made himself a nuisance throughout, even though Doncaster’s centre backs were significantly bigger than Alfie. Bravely took the penalty he won and scored it beautifully.


Jake Taylor – 8

Total game changer when he came onto the pitch, with a superb cross for Pogrebnyak’s first goal.

Michael Hector – 5

Kaspars Gorkss – 5