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Fulham 4-2 Reading FC: Player Ratings

In the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde performance Olly reveals which players could leave Craven Cottage with their heads held high.

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Ali Al-Habsi: 5

His goal was barely threatened in the first half, and in the second half the first shot on target from Fulham went in. Could have stopped the cross for the second goal, and as the goalkeeper, he has to take responsibility on a day when Reading conceded the most they have in a single game this season.

Chris Gunter: 6

Got forward well in the first half, but his sole job in the second half was to defend. Although none of the goals came directly from his flank, Gunter was sloppy on a few occasions. He did however stop the scoreline being higher with a clearance off the line to deny McCormack.

Michael Hector: 5

Struggled against the impressive Dembele and McCormack and lost concentration on multiple occasions which allowed Fulham to create chances in the second half. Showed that he still has a lot to learn despite his rapid rise in the last few years.

Paul McShane: 5

Arguably his worst performance in a Reading shirt since signing in the summer. It was his mistake that allowed Fulham to score their fourth, whilst when the rest of the team needed a lift, the skipper for once was unable to provide it. Didn't have the leadership we expect of him.

Jordan Obita: 5

Ineffectual going forward and lost his man on numerous occasions, and that led to two of the goals. It's not a game that he will look back on with fondness and it puts forward the argument that Andrew Taylor, who wasn't even on the bench, could be the better option for certain opponents.

Nick Blackman: 5

We expect so much from Blackman now that any game he does not perform in is heavily criticised. Couldn't provide the attacking spark that he has done so far this season and the shots he did have were easily saved. Will need to play much better against league leaders Brighton next weekend if Reading stand any chance of beating them.

Oliver Norwood: 5

Was denied the space in the middle of the park that usually allows him to be so influential. Failed to provide cover to the defence and that was ultimately the reason why Fulham were able to counter attack so effectively. Despite missing just three minutes in the league so far this season, Norwood was substituted midway through the second half.

Danny Williams: 5

As with Norwood, Danny Williams concentrated too much on going forward, meaning he had little thought about providing defensive support and gave Fulham space to break away. An uncharacteristic performance from the American international.

Lucas Piazon: 6

Looked very bright going forward in the first half, linking up with Orlando Sa and Matej Vydra extremely well to finish off a wonderful move for the first goal before completing a cheeky nutmeg in typical Brazilian style. However he still looks weak in the tackle and seems as though he can't be bothered to track back. Substituted midway through the second period.

Matěj Vydra: 7

There is definately a clear difference to the side when Vydra is included, as he brings an attacking impetus that few others can. Set up the first goal with a perfectly timed pass without taking a touch, but wasn't given the opportunity to create much in the second half. All he needs to do now is get on the scoresheet himself.

Orlando Sá: 7

Came up against his former employers and didn't do anything to disgrace himself. Played a big part in the first goal and most of the chances in the first half before hitting the back of the net in the second half following a superb solo run. Had a penalty appeal turned down as well as a header cleared off the line, making him Reading's most influential player.


Ola John: 5

Came on for Lucas Piazon with 20 minutes to go but you could barely notice him as the game was already over. Still not doing enough to tell Steve Clarke that he is worthy of a starting spot.

Aaron Tshibola: 6

Was also given a 20 minute run out as he replaced Oliver Norwood and didn't do much wrong, suggesting that he perhaps should have started. At the same time though, he didn't give Reading anything extra upon his arrival on the pitch.

Álex Fernández: N/A

Given a rare opportunity by coming on with five minutes to go, but that wasn't enough time to have an impact or earn a match rating.

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