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Reading 0-1 Birmingham City: Player Ratings

Reading had the better of the game against Birmingham City but fell to a late Clayton Donaldson header. Here's how we rated the players on the night.

Adam Federici - 7

A difficult evening for Federici after Saturday, and he will at least be glad to make a few important stops before the goal which finally beat him. Two great saves from Shinnie and later Donaldson, he showed that mistake in the FA Cup hasn't affected him and it's back to business.

Chris Gunter - 6

Got forward to support attacks but was beaten a few times on the wing, especially once Gray was introduced. Generally solid but didn't do enough to justify a higher mark.

Michael Hector - 7

Class. Composure. Confidence. Clarke has worked wonders with Hector and this was another great performance from the young centre-back. Tonight showed his development - his old traits of coming out with the ball and picking passed were still there, but much more controlled. His one big mistake led to a one-on-one for Donaldson, but Feds bailed him out.

Jake Cooper - 7

A very solid performance from another young Academy centre-back, who showed no signs of nerves or awe. Delivered a couple of spectacular long balls to McCleary as well. Promising.

Jordan Obita - 6

One piece of skill had the East Stand drawing breath. Sadly, it seems to be the one move he has, as his crossing and dribbling were pretty well neutralized by the Blues. Solid defensively, but lacks the skill to attack effectively as a wing-back.

Nathan Ake - 7

A very impressive performance in central midfield as he showed bundles of energy and constant hustle to win the ball back from Birmingham. Rarely misdirected a pass and was always available for a pass forwards or backwards. Barely put a foot wrong.

Nathaniel Chalobah - 6

Chalobah sometimes seems like the game goes at half-pace for him. That caught him out a few times on Wednesday evening, as he lost the ball a fair amount and had a few wayward passes. He grew into the game, though, and had a few decent long range efforts.

Jem Karacan - 5

It just didn't seem to work for Jem tonight. He rarely tried a forward pass, instead preferring to recycle backwards or sideways, and he telegraphed most of those layoffs too, putting the recipient under pressure.

Garath McCleary - 6

Always had the potential to create magic but never quite delivered. His shots from range were either wide or straight at Randolph, whilst his crossing didn't find a man in the box, if they even beat the defender.

Jamie Mackie - 5

Barely touched the ball. One shot in anger in the first half and that was about it. Not much more to say...

Nick Blackman - 6

A few nice touches and clearly has a trick or two up his sleeve, but like McCleary he struggled to turn opportunities into clear-cut chances.

Subs:

Jack Stacey: 6

Some direct running and a curling shot which at least had Randolph scrambling, but couldn't turn the game in Reading's favour.

Kwesi Appiah: 5

Wasted a massive opportunity when refusing to pull the trigger in the box. Showed speed but sadly lacked composure and confidence.

Andrija Novakovich: n/a

That's how we rated the players - do you agree? And who was your man of the match? Let us know below.

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