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Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading FC: Player Ratings

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Here Marc rates the individual performances as Reading's surprise comeback was almost enough to beat a strong Huddersfield side in the third round of the FA Cup.

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Ali Al-Habsi - 7

While many were surprised that the Omani came back into the side after being dropped for Jonathan Bond, Al-Habsi has produced two solid performances in as many weeks. At the John Smith's Stadium he pulled off a number of fine diving saves and was secure with high balls, with a lack of replays determining his luck in the Wells dive decision. Almost saved the penalty, too.

Chris Gunter - 6

Another solid and reliable performance from the man who has played in every game this season and registered only two scores below our consistent average of 6/10. Here he was the dependable option to play to in possession and defended well, although was oft-ignored in attack. Indeed, questions can be asked about his closing down of the crosser for the opener.

Anton Ferdinand - 6

His lack of pace is clear but even against a speedster such as Wells, the ex-England man was secure and hardly put a foot wrong.

Jake Cooper - 6

Calm on the ball and even bagging an assist, it was pleasing to see Cooper do well in a pressurised game such as this, although his marking of Paterson for the opening goal is questionable.

Andrew Taylor - 6

Another decent display, Taylor bombed forward with good vigour and did well enough in a tough defensive display.

Oliver Norwood - 5

Given the captain's armband against his old side, Norwood found himself crowded out in a tight midfield for large parts and had little to no impact in attack. His trip on Bunn to give away the penalty was also highly foolish so late in the game and with Gunter covering in a not particularly dangerous position.

Stephen Quinn - 5

Arguably his worst outing in an African Violet shirt, Quinn failed to get going and found himself passing loosely and physically beaten on too many occasions.


He should be able to bounce back, after all, this is his first 5/10 since I gave him one against Colchester in August.

Danny Williams - 5

The American international must be hoping that Aaron Tshibola's return from injury is going to be delayed somewhat, or that rumours of a Steve Sidwell signing are untrue, as either could dislodge the midfielder who is finding his defensive contribution underwhelming and ability on the ball severely lacking.

Garath McCleary - 6

Played down the middle in the opening 45 to no effect and clearly more comfortable down the right wing, where the Jamaican made a telling contribution to bringing Reading back into the game in the second period, where his dribbling and passing were superb.

Matej Vydra - 6

Again, a difficult first-half as the striker was drifted into the left-channel and hardly had a sniff of any knockdowns or breaks. It's a sign of a good striker to come into a game after that and he smartly turned to grab a deflected equaliser before being denied a decent penalty shout late on.

Hal Robson-Kanu - 7

Quiet at the back! Against Huddersfield we saw the best of HRK throughout 90 minutes. Deployed as a target man to begin with he battled well and was the only interested-looking attacker, who dropped off slightly when on the left-wing but found the confidence to get into good areas in the box and score a vital goal having seen a good effort saved moments before. Nick who?

Substitutes:

Lucas Piazon - 7

With the game so tight and Reading operating in small pockets of space in the final-third, the loanee changed the game for the Royals by sitting behind the striker and showing great technique to play in others, including a smart assist for Robson-Kanu.

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