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FA Cup Player Ratings: Impressive Reading FC Team Performance With Hector Standing Out Against West Brom

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Who impressed the most as Reading made it to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals with a 3-1 win over Premier League West Bromwich Albion?

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Ali Al-Habsi: 6

Couldn't do anything about the goal, but other than that had a fairly uneventful afternoon with little do - surprising you might say against Premier League opposition. Like the home crowd, he was incredibly grateful that Darren Fletcher fluffed his lines late on.

Chris Gunter: 6

Like Al-Habsi, Gunter, new contract and all, wasn't troubled much. Kept the man who all fans love to hate James McClean relatively quiet but was beaten a few times. Wasn't allowed to get forward as much as usual.

Paul McShane: 7

My love for this man gets greater by the day. Almost scored a spectacular half volley in the first half which upon watching a replay, came incredibly close. Netted his first Reading goal with a powerful header to level the scores, which was reward for another good display at the back. Saido Berahino had no impact on the game because of the Irishman.

Jake Cooper: 6

Also contributed to making sure West Brom weren't dangerous in front of goal. I thought he looked a little nervous at times, but won everything in the air as usual. Perhaps could have closed down Fletcher for the goal, but you can't really fault him much for that.

Jordan Obita: 6

Began the game by attacking a lot down the left hand side, but realised that his crosses weren't going to work with West Brom's centre-back partnership of Olsson and Evans both standing well over six foot. Was fouled for the free-kick that led to McShane's goal.

Michael Hector: 8

The Michael Hector of old. Since signing for Chelsea on summer's deadline day, the 23 year old has failed to justify the move, but against West Brom we saw a performance like those that earned him such high praise last season. Strong in the tackle, confident going forward, Hector is suggesting that his best position may in fact be just in front of the back four. Even got on the scoresheet, putting the Royals in front with a good header at the far post.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 7

Is loving his role on the right hand side of midfield. Is his new found form because of the upcoming Euros or the fact that his contract is soon to be up? As long as he keeps on terrorising defenders, I don't think many Reading fans will care. Pulled of a few neat flicks, and his powerful header was saved by Foster in the first half. Perhaps could have done better with a chance to seal the win it late on.

Oliver Norwood: 7

We saw two sides to Norwood against the Baggies, which made this rating the hardest. I was going to give him a six due to a number of misplaced passes, but I was won over by some of the rest of the TTE editorial team. He did get two assists which effectively won Reading the game, also put in the delivery for Robson-Kanu's header in the first half, whilst he also blocked Saido Berahino's header late on to make sure the game didn't go to a replay.

Stephen Quinn: 7

Didn't do anything spectacular, but I thought he showed real class in the centre of midfield. It was one of the few times that we have seen him in that position this season, but he was always available for a pass and you could tell that the rest of the team had confidence in his ability. Showed enough to suggest that he should keep his place when Danny Williams returns.

Deniss Rakels: 5

It was a mixed full debut for our new Latvian striker. Rakels showed a great work rate and glimpses of quality, but it's unlikely that he's ever played against a side as 'good' as West Brom. Went down a bit to easily and was often dispossessed of the ball. I would have liked to have seen him a play a more central role.

Simon Cox: 5

A very similar performance to that of Rakels. In his first start since August, I was really willing Cox to do well (he is 'one of our own' after all). But he wasn't quite up to speed with the game despite a few neat passes. Brian McDermott probably felt the same way, and brought him off along with Rakels just before the hour mark.

Substitutes

Ola John: 6

Brought a much needed injection of energy when he came on, and showed a nice bit of skill as he got the assist for Piazon's goal. John was also the man fouled for the free-kick that led to Michael Hector's goal.

Matej Vydra: 5

The FA Cup's top scorer this season didn't do anything of note upon his return from injury, but was involved in the third goal.

Lucas Piazon: N/A

Came on too late to earn a rating, but netted a well taken goal to wrap up the win with only his second touch of the game.

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