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Wigan Athletic 2-2 Reading FC: Player Ratings

After a point was taken from the opening day encounter, here's a look at each individual performance from Wigan.

Pavel Pogrebnyak holds Wigan in their own corner flag
Pavel Pogrebnyak holds Wigan in their own corner flag
Marc Mayo

Adam Federici: 5

While Feds did look comfortable on distributing duties, he was sadly unable to keep out 2 of the 3 shots on target that fired at him today. With few aerial balls testing the Aussie stopper, this is less a 5 of disapproval, and more a rating on how little chance he had to prove himself on his first-team recall.

Chris Gunter: 7

Captaining the side, my pick for last year's player of the season worked hard and led by example. Gunter looks capable of turning into a Premiership quality right back this season, and with the armband on looks like a maturing player. Wigan didn't threaten down their left-flank today, and Gunter must take credit for that.

Alex Pearce: 6

It's hard to justify giving a higher mark to Pearce, as much as I want to. One of many culpable for the late equaliser, but generally solid. He expertly dealt with any crosses and, while giving away some free-kicks in dangerous areas, played a big part in Reading's 2nd goal.

Sean Morrison: 6

Again, a 7 if we'd have won. Yet while Morro is certainly one to blame for the first, his role in the lackadaisical defending late on prevented Reading from winning this game. Took his goal well, and like Pearce was generally pretty good at the back.

Shaun Cummings: 8

The phrase 'took his goal well' suits Morrison, but is an understatement for Shaun Cummings. Out of position, facing the best player on the pitch, and grabbing a quality goal. I can't really find much fault with Cummings today.

Michael Hector: 6

Good in the tackle, Hector played a key role in breaking up Wigan's play. He needs to get his technical game sorted to truly be called a central midfielder. If, indeed, that is the position he wants.

Jordan Obita: 7

A key part in the resurgence of the 2nd half, Obita grew into his role as Nigel Adkins gave him more freedom to attack. While many areas of his game are lacking to be a true central midfielder, he is developing his overall game at a good pace.

Jake Taylor: 5

While impressive in pre-season, Welshman Taylor just couldn't convert that into a performance today. When on the ball he lacked the incisive pass, and off it he failed to provide the options Reading needed when coming forward.

Ryan Edwards: 5

See above, really. Like Taylor it's a bit much to expect him to take confident performances against Wycombe to a league game at Wigan. But, he was willing to get on the ball and must now take positives from the experience.

Nick Blackman: 7

One of the players who stepped up in the 2nd half, and attacked from the right with authority. Hitting the post just after the first goal, and making plenty of runs into dangerous areas. Perhaps needs to be on the end of things a bit more.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 5

The big Russian was largely anonymous, and every time a dangerous cross flashed across the 6-yard box, Pav arrived a moment too late. Did excellently in holding up the ball late on, but it didn't pay off.


Danny Guthrie: 7

A real classy 30-minute cameo from the man who has spent pre-season in the fitness room. Sat in the centre of the park and floated long balls to both flanks, and set up the 2nd goal with a cute free-kick routine. Get this man fit, and playing, and Reading will be all the better for it.

Simon Cox: 6

A debut from the feisty striker that didn't quite deliver the dream start. Still, some neat flicks and a good work-rate from the Irish international will please the fans and manager.

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