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Reading FC 1-0 Blackburn Rovers: Player Ratings

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Stephen Quinn shows what Reading were missing but Matěj Vydra struggles again. Here are Dave Harris' player ratings from a winning return for Brian McDermott.

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Jonathan Bond: 7

Steady, faultless with his handling. Kicking was indifferent as normal.

Chris Gunter: 7

Typical Gunter, energetic, looking to get forward to support Blackman, nullified the threat of Craig Conway very well.

Paul McShane: 7

Typical McShane, dominant in the air, composed and calm on the ground. Jordan Rhodes in particular had very little to feed off due to the excellent understanding between McShane and Hector.

Michael Hector: 7

As McShane. Dominant, left the forwards very little to feed off.

Stephen Quinn: 9

Excellent game from Quinn in the unfamiliar left back role. Defender first, composed, measured, in the right place at the right time on more than one stretched occasion.

Nick Blackman: 6

Ineffective going forward, but excellent in defence helping Gunter at all times. Blackburn’s main outlet, Conway, had nothing all match in no small part due to Blackman’s efforts.

Danny Williams: 8

Typically energetic and the goal the obvious standout moment. Generally very good with the ball at feet, strikes me as though McDermott will love working with him.

Oliver Norwood: 7

Not his greatest of matches but steady in possession, had one effort that flew just wide towards the end.

Garath McCleary: 6

Largely ineffective but like Blackman defensively excellent.

Matěj Vydra: 5

Disappointing 45 minutes from Vydra, lots of bright ideas and movement but nothing seems to be coming off for the man at the moment. Conceded possession far too many times and was subbed at half time.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 6

Hassled, harried, held the ball up well but largely neutralised in front of goal. Decent enough from the much-maligned Welshman.

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Lucas Piazon: 6

Largely anonymous. Kept the ball generally well but struggled to find the pockets of space that are critical to his game. McDermott played him in exactly the right role, just behind Robson-Kanu, with very little in the way of defensive responsibility.

Ola John: 8

Extremely lively and productive in his 20 minute cameo. Forced Steele into two sharp saves, was strong and bullish on the ball, defensively sound.

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