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Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Reading FC: Player Ratings

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Here’s how Becka rated the players after the Royals’ 1-0 win at Bolton on Saturday.

Ali Al-Habsi: 6

He had one save to make all game – and he made it. A very quiet game in goal for the Royals keeper.

Chris Gunter: 6

Upset the home crowd in the first half after he believed he fell victim to a bad tackle, then managed to talk himself into the book. Didn’t have much help down the right hand side before Ola John came on, but got forward himself, although the final balls were lacking quality.

Paul McShane: 6

Kept a clean sheet and was his usual reliable self throughout the game.

Jake Cooper: 6

Another improvement from the young centre back. He made a couple of decent, well timed tackles and made some smart defensive decisions.

Jordan Obita: 7

This was the left back’s best game all season I believe. He looked composed at the back but also looked strong and confident coming forward. Had some good link up play with Stephen Quinn and was unlucky not to see his efforts rewarded with a goal after a particularly good break forward, and had an effort cleared off the line late on. An all round good performance.

Lucas Piazon: 5

Not one of his best performances in a Reading shirt. Made one good cross into the box, but was the right man for Ola John to replace at 61 minutes.

Danny Williams: 6

An improvement from his performance against Cardiff, Williams looked dominating in midfield and was strong against the opposition. Was also unlucky not to get a goal.

Oliver Norwood: 6

Pinged the ball around a bit and made some good cross field passes – something which has been missing from his game in recent weeks. Still needs work on the accuracy of his corners though.

Stephen Quinn: 7

A great performance from the Irishman. Linked up well with Obita and ran around a lot. Was ridiculously close with a late effort which beat the Bolton keeper but came crashing off the post.

Yann Kermorgant: 6

Should have probably converted Piazon’s cross but instead headed over. Ran tirelessly up front and even pushed back at times to create some tackles in midfield. He must be frustrated with his lack of goals.

Matej Vydra: 5

His penalty wasn’t the best, was it? I’m not sure his performance merits some of the criticism it got, but he certainly wasn’t a stand out on Saturday.

Substitutes

Ola John: 7

McDermott made a good substitution with half an hour left to play; John made a nuisance of himself when he came on. Made a couple of chances for himself and was rewarded with a cracking late goal.

Simon Cox: 5

He runs around, a lot. Not sure he did much else.

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