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Reading Player Of The Month - April/May 2015

Nine games to look back on, including that heroic effort at Wembley, some thoroughly depressing League performances... and a completely unexpected victory at Derby County to end the season. Here are your three nominees.

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In alphabetical order... (N.B. we're including the FA Cup Semi Final against Arsenal this month, just as we took the Bradford City games into account in the March vote.)

Nathan Aké

Average rating: 7.00 (5 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Blackpool A), 1st (Cardiff City H), 3rd (Birmingham City H), 3rd (Blackburn Rovers H)

He may have only made five appearances during April but Aké showed his class and composure during his month-long loan from Chelsea. Comfortable both at left-back and in the middle of the park, he showed why he's so close to the Chelsea first team, having been named on the bench for their last two games. Most Reading fans would dearly love to see him back here next year, but he may have his eyes on higher targets.

Adam Federici

Average rating: 6.88 (8 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Derby County A), 1st (Brentford H)

One obvious moment aside, another consistent month for Federici, showing why he fully deserved to win the official Player Of The Season vote as the only player to have maintained good form over the entire campaign. And what better way to finish the season (and banish some Wembley demons) than saving a penalty from the previously 100% successful Darren Bent? Whether he's here or not next year, he's been very solid this season.

Michael Hector

Average rating: 7.00 (8 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Birmingham City H), 1st (Arsenal N), 1st (Bournemouth H), 2nd (Derby County A), 3rd (Cardiff City H)

The improvement in Hector's game has been one of few highlights in this campaign, and he capped off the season with possibly his best month yet in a Reading shirt, grabbing no less than five top-three finishes in our MOTM polls on this website. Our best player at Wembley and in two other home matches in April, Hector still has a few errors in his game to iron out but is on his way to becoming a very fine centre-back - whether it's here or elsewhere remains to be seen.

Those are your three nominees - we'll announce the winner later this week!