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Reading FC v Leeds United Squad Selector: The Results

Having asked you to pick your side to face Leeds United at the Madejski, here are the results.

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Subs: Andersen, Travner, Cooper, Norwood, Blackman, Mackie, Yakubu.

As for formation, a clear majority of you (70%) opted for 4-4-2. Behind that, 4-2-3-1 (14%) was your next favourite choice. Intriguingly, more of you wanted the so far unused 3-5-2 (5%) than 4-1-4-1 (3%) or 4-3-3 (3%).

There was also an interesting result in the goalkeeping department, with the reserves starting to eat into Adam Federici's commanding lead. Despite taking the highly prized award for Tilehurst End Player of the Month in January, the big Aussie was picked by a relatively low 91% of you. Meanwhile, subs bench regular Mikkel Andersen (2%) felt the full force of the growing Dan Lincoln lobby, who took home an incredible 4%. Andersen was even edged out by the mysterious 'other' goalkeeper with 3%, despite Reading not having another senior 'keeper at the club.

To Steve Clarke's credit, the back four has pretty much been picking itself in recent weeks. Stephen Kelly (91%), Michael Hector (94%), Alex Pearce (93%) and Jordan Obita (92%) are undeniable regulars at the moment. That said, the upcoming return from injury of Chris Gunter could give you a selection dilemna when that option is available.

Poor Oliver Norwood. Certainly one of Reading's best players this season having been consistent under both managers, only 39% of you thought he should start against Leeds. Getting the nod in the middle of the park in his place were Nathaniel Chalobah (72%) and Danny Williams (93%), who got the winner at the Molineux on Saturday.

Out wide, Garath McCleary's recent run of form earned him 87% of the vote. However, it's another story out on the left wing. Jobi McAnuff's departure in the summer has left Reading without an obvious choice in that department, and recent results have reflected that. Indeed, Hal Robson-Kanu managed a place in the side despite only getting 47% of the vote - footballing genius Nick Blackman trailing behind with 30%.

Finally, up front, classy performances from Pavel Pogrebnyak (94%) and Simon Cox 71%) against Wolves were enough for you to keep them in the side tonight.

As a stray thought, it's interesting to look at the top scorers percentage wise in this side. Hector and the Pog both managed 94%, more than any other player - it's clear that they've both been rejuvenated by Steve Clarke, and that's been recognised in squad selector results.

On the subs bench, Hope Akpan can consider himself to be very unlucky. High scores for Jake Cooper (79%) and Yakubu (64%) guaranteed them places, but things were much closer elsewhere. The fight for the final four places was contested by Jure Travner (57%), Nick Blackman (56%), Jamie Mackie (56%), Oliver Norwood (54%) and Hope Akpan (53%). That meant that the Nigerian, who had a solid enough cameo on Saturday, narrowly failed to gain your favour tonight.

What do you think about these results? Would it be a good enough side to face Leeds United this evening? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.