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Reading FC 0-0 Blackburn Rovers: Player Ratings

A goal-less afternoon in the Berkshire sun keeps Reading 18th after a performance of positive territory and little defensive trouble, but no cutting edge to put the ball in the back of the net.

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Adam Federici - 6

The Aussie keeper had very little to do. With good distribution throughout and a good command of his area, Federici played as well as he needed to - although was saved by a goal-line clearance for a 46th minute Ben Marshall effort.

Chris Gunter - 6

Gunter put in a decent performance that was mainly attack-focussed, a duty which he could have filled it to a higher degree given the lack of threat from the visitors. Nevertheless, he showed good effort and endeavour, overlapping and putting in some dangerous crosses.

Alex Pearce - 6

Put in a few headers from corners, but never really tested the goalkeeper. Other than that, the Irish centre-half was comfortable on the ball and certainly deserved a clean sheet.

Michael Hector - 6

Much the same as Pearce, Big Hec was tidy in possession and strong in defence. Blackburn were depleted without the physicality of Rudy Gestede, but keeping top-scorer Jordan Rhodes quiet was no mean feat.

Nathan Ake - 6

Moved over to left-back after two games in central midfield, the youngster showed his versatility as he looked natural and got eagerly joined in the attacks. For all defenders you may ask why the score isn't higher - but they were hardly threatened enough to earn more than a strong-but-unspectacular 7/10.

Nathaniel Chalobah - 7

With much of the game played in Reading's middle-third the Chelsea-loanee was in his element. Always looking to get fed the ball and looking at consummate ease as he stroked passes around and took part in some well-worked play around the box.

Jem Karacan - 6

A very solid 75 minutes from the captain, rushing around out of possession and playing the simple ball well when asked to. The performance aside, it bodes well for the future to see Karacan entrusted with a starting spot and the armband by Clarke.

Hal Robson-Kanu - 5

HRK floated and roamed around in the number ten role and consequently he rarely got in the right position to receive the bit of final link-up play to create openings. While he did this perfectly in the first five minutes - placing a shot straight at the keeper - he was too often the nearly man afterwards and needs work to truly play in a central role.

Jamie Mackie - 7

Pushed out wide for this outing but still as effective as we could have hoped. Being the winger put different demands on Mackie, but he still played excellently as he showed craft and skill to dribble past his man and cross for his team-mates. Sadly, that meant he wasn't in position to finish off the chances - a team of Jamie Mackies anyone?

Garath McCleary - 5

Some may take a dim view of any negativity around McCleary - he seems to have morphed into an 'untouchable' player vis-a-vis fan criticism in recent months. However, despite an encouraging start the winger floundered in the second-half and wasted some encouraging opportunities by a lack of strength and poor decision-making. Whether we like it or not: McCleary is seriously off-form.

Pavel Pogrebnyak - 5

Outside of the box Pog performed his usual hustle'n'bustle game, but for a striker who seemed to be back on form he was badly out of touch in the 18-yard-box. Far too often he failed to meet a decent cross to find the net, and became visibly frustrated as nothing he tried came off. Hopefully, this can be put down as 'one of those days' for our Big Friendly Russian.

Subs

Oliver Norwood - 5

Poor Oliver Norwood. Under Nigel Adkins he was a key player and according to our player ratings our third best player behind Federici and Glenn Murray. It couldn't be a more different under Steve Clarke. Norwood now looks like a player without confidence.

Hope Akpan - N/A

Not on long enough to make a real impact though did one good headed clearance from a Blackburn corner and then almost headed a winner from a Royals corner.

Kwesi Appiah - N/A

Provided some pace up front and came close to scoring when he blocked Simon Eastwood's clearance. Maybe should have been brought on earlier to provide attacking different option.

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