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Reading FC 2-1 Bristol City: Player Ratings

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Paul McShane gets lots of praise from The Inspector, but he was less keen on Dominic Samuel's performance.

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Ali Al-Habsi: 6

Once again did his job admirably, produced one stunning save, dealt with everything else and couldn't be blamed for the goal, even if he was caught a bit flat-footed. Mostly his distribution was good, bookended by one sumptuous pass to launch an attack and one misplaced clearance, which could have brought trouble.

Chris Gunter: 7

Looked extremely effective in the new system, popping up in all manner of unexpected forward positions to cause problems for the Bristol defence. Made an excellent contribution to the second goal and used his experience at the end to see out the victory.

Paul McShane: 8

A captain's performance as he led by example, making numerous blocks, tackles and interceptions. Any good team needs strong leaders and Reading have one in their whole-hearted skipper.

Liam Moore: 7

Another assured performance from the ex-Leicester man. A second half booking for dragging back the dangerous Abraham was the only blot (and rules him out of the next match at Fulham) yet featured strongly in the second-half resistance.

Tyler Blackett: 7

Looks like he's found his position and his confidence. The ex-Man Utd defender appears entirely suited to the left-side of the back three, using his strength and calmness under pressure to defend well, while breaking forward to link with Obita when the opportunity arises. Could be a key player over the rest of the season.

George Evans: 6

Did his job as the midfield workhorse fairly well. But disappeared from the action at times in the second half, while one first half mis-placed pass could have cost a goal. Still, he epitomises the youth and athleticism of the team and should get better.

Danny Williams: 7

New hairstyle and back to the dynamic Danny of old.  His powerful running in midfield was matched by a sure touch (which is not always the case) resulting in the kind of performance that has brought talk of a move to the Premier League in January. On this form Reading should attempt to tie him to a long-term deal. But, as we know, he's not always this good.

Garath McCleary: 6

Took his total of goals for the season to seven and is a key element in the team's progress. Faded in the second half and had one of those frustrating games, where he wasn't as good as he should be.

Roy Beerens: 7

He gets the mark on his first half-display and well-taken goal. Far less involved after the break and was perhaps a victim of the team's less attacking intent. If he can find those pockets of space to probe the opposition (as he did so well in the first 45 minutes) he can be another key player in the weeks ahead.

Jordan Obita: 6

As with the team overall had his best moments in the first half and (like Blackett) looks a natural in his position of left wingback. Just needs to grow in belief to become a potential star.

Dominic Samuel: 5

One website described his display against Burton as The Dominic Samuel Show. This definitely wasn't. His most notable contribution was to win a dubious penalty but otherwise lacked physical presence and assurance on the ball. When fed by McCleary in the penalty area in the second half his attempted turn and shot at goal lacked conviction and accuracy.

Substitutes

Yakou Méïte: 6

The Ivory Coast youngster had 21 minutes to show what the Superstar-in-the-making fuss is all about  and failed to do so. Made a couple of strong runs, though, and remains a prospect.

Callum Harriott: N/A

Liam Kelly: N/A

Who was YOUR man of the match? Vote in our poll at the bottom of the page, and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Average Rating: 6.5

Best and worst performances from 2016/2017:

6.7 - Preston North End H (W 1-0)

6.6 - Wigan Athletic A (W 3-0)

6.6 - Brighton & Hove Albion A (W 2-1)

6.0 - AVERAGE

5.5 - MK Dons H (D 2-2)

5.2 - Wolverhampton Wanderers A (L 0-2)

4.7 - Brentford A (L 1-4)

Season's Ratings:

Bristol City Player Ratings