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Reading FC 3-2 Millwall: Player Ratings

A hard-fought win for the Royals at home to the Lions last night - here's how we rated the players. Make sure to vote for your Man of the Match at the bottom of the page too.

Ben Hoskins

Adam Federici: 7

Feds made some fantastic saves throughout the match, especially a reaction stop to an Onyedinma rebound and a full-stretch dive for a Fuller piledriver, and certainly kept the Royals in the game. But his one major mistake led to a goal, coming to claim a free-kick he couldn't reach. Still, he also grabbed an assist with his quick release for Cox's first.

Chris Gunter: 6

His flank was targeted throughout the match and three Millwall chances came on his flank in the first half, including the one which led to their first goal. A game of cat and mouse between him and Onyedinma/Malone on that flank which the Lions just seemed to get the better of.

Michael Hector: 6

Up and down performance for the young centre-back. At times he was calm and assured, but he made one critical mistake (giving away the needless free-kick for the goal) and two which could have been costly (slip in the first half, backpass in the second). Still, he is learning.

Alex Pearce: 7

Commanded the defensive line well and never panicked in the face of strong Millwall pressure, Pearce won't get the plaudits of others but a good all around performance.

Jordan Obita: 6

Whipped in one devilish cross which Murray couldn't quite steer into the net but otherwise a pretty quiet performance from Obita, who was also involved in some pretty embarassing gamesmanship in trying to get Fuller sent off late on.

Hope Akpan: 6

Harry, tackle, pass... that's all he did, and it worked well enough until he was subbed off. He doesn't have the passing range of Norwood, or the engine of Karacan/Williams, but he's not in there for that - he did his job pretty well.

Oliver Norwood: 7

More sublime long passes, especially to the right wing and Mackie, but Norwood was also happy to put a tackle in too. The midfield was somewhat overrun for the last hour or so but he and Akpan coped in the end.

Jamie Mackie: 5

Worked hard, as expected, but there was very little end product with his crossing. Millwall kept attacking his flank and Gunter was often isolated against two players.

Simon Cox: 8

Two goals, what's not to like? This was his best performance in a Royals shirt and he took both goals well, especially the first from outside the box. Good link-up play too, generally.

Nick Blackman: 7

Two goals in two games for Blackman, whose typical direct running style won him a penalty he converted with aplomb. Hopefully he can kick on now and make the left wing his own, as he offers a different threat to the others around him.

Glenn Murray: 6

Not quite the performance of Saturday, and towards the end of the match he really seemed to tire. Twice, he didn't seem to trust his pace when put through on goal, preferring to slow things up and try from longer range.


Jake Taylor: 6

Came on for Mackie who was visibly tired, and brought energy to the wing, moving inside once Edwards came on.

Ryan Edwards: 6

Replaced Akpan and moved to the wing, where he had a couple of neat touches but nothing too clear-cut.

Jake Cooper: N/A

Came on to help repel the barrage and did exactly that.

That's how we rated the players - do you agree or disagree? Think we've been too kind or too harsh to anyone? Vote for your MOTM too in the poll below, it goes towards our Player Of The Month vote.