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Reading FC 3-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Player Ratings

Six goals shared equally on a sunny Sunday afternoon saw Reading play out a thriller in front of a live TV audience. Bucks Royal brings us his player ratings from Reading's home clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Martin Willetts

Adam Federici: 6

Didn't have as much to do for the 90 mins bar picking the ball out of his net three times. None of the goals could in truth be blamed on the big Australian, with defensive faults elsewhere exposing the Reading goal. Made a very smart save early on to keep the game level at 0-0.

Chris Gunter: 6

A quiet but steady game for the Welshman, who didn't have as much license to roam forward in the game.

Alex Pearce: 6

Perhaps more shaky than usual but not a great deal so. At times struggled to deal with Clarke in the second half, but generally managed to keep the Wolves forwards under control. A misplaced headed clearance at 2-3 gifted the visitors a corner when he was under little pressure.

Michael Hector: 6

He'll be glad to have his first Reading goal under his belt, a bullet header from close range that left Carl Ikeme with no chance. Comfortable in possession throughout and dealt well with Wolves pressure.

Jordan Obita: 5

Much like Gunter, Obita also struggled to make headway down the left flank to deliver crosses for Murray and Cox. A pretty tidy game for the youngster, but he gifted Wolves a second with a clearance that went straight to Evans in the penalty box.

Oliver Norwood: 7

A tidy game for Norwood who kept the ball effectively but didn't have as much influence as he's had in recent weeks. Lashed a well-hit shot just over the bar at the start of the second half.

Hope Akpan: 5

Tried to repeat his role in recent weeks of breaking up play and keeping things simple, and to an extent succeeded. That said, he was caught in possession various times due to Wolves' tight pressing game, and was subbed at half time. Scuffed his only effort on goal giving Ikeme a comfortable save.

Nick Blackman: 6

Although end product was mostly missing, Blackman had a pretty bright afternoon, running at the Wolves' defence repeatedly. Arguably looked more effective in the second half when playing out wide on the left. Blasted a free-kick well over the bar in the dying seconds.

Simon Cox: 7 (My Man of the Match)

For me, Cox was one of Reading's brightest players when he was on the pitch. Playing in the no.10 role behind Glenn Murray, Cox dropped deep when needed and was creative in attack. Went close twice early on with a header and a drive from distance, and was instrumental in Taylor's equaliser. His second half substitution for Mackie was bizarre if it was a tactical one.

Jake Taylor: 6

How well Taylor did on Sunday has split opinion on the Tilehurst End following the game. To me, he didn't have a lively game at all, failing to give Obita much support out wide in his 70-odd minutes on the pitch. That said, he was relatively tidy in possession and kept things simple. Repeatedly drifted inside into a central position, especially in the first 30 mins. His goal was well taken, sliding the ball past Ikeme gracefully.

Glenn Murray: 7

Good holdup play from the new frontman but was largely uninvolved with the game. Bright in the first half in linking up with Cox, but isolated for much of the rest of the game. A very tidy finish at the very end of the game sealed a point for Reading.

Substitutes

Danny Guthrie: 4

A pretty average, uninspiring game from a player that looked like someone that has been struggling with injury. Gave the ball away for Wolves' equaliser and did little to affect the game from there on in. He needs game time, but this was a flat performance from someone you'd expect more from.

Jamie Mackie: 5

He'll get an assist for his part in Murray's goal, but Mackie also failed to have much of an impact on the game.

Aaron Kuhl: 6

Yet again, he looked calm and intelligent in possession, anchoring the midfield effectively and providing good cover for the back four.