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Reading FC 0-0 Birmingham City: Player Ratings

The Inspector gave the team an overall average rating of 5.8, but which players did he think were better or worse than average?

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Ali Al-Habsi: 5

Had little to do apart from dealing with back passes. But still nearly gave the game away with two fumbles which could have led to a goal.

Chris Gunter: 6

Played as a wingback as he does for Wales but needed Gareth Bale to help out his solid but unproductive display.

Paul McShane: 6

Mostly competent but a first half defensive shank and a second half headed chance could have been better.

Liam Moore: 6

Steady if unspectacular performance but brings the ball forward well and seems to have slotted into the system with ease.

Jordan Obita: 7

Fully justified his recall to the team in a near faultless performance, which also included the best cross of the night, forcing the Birmingham keeper into a crucial smothering save.

George Evans: 6

Dropped into the centre of the back three and did nothing wrong.

Danny Williams: 5

Too often caught in possession in ponderous display. Struggles with the style of play.

Stephen Quinn: 6

Hardworking and willing but lacks the quality to make things happen. Had a difficult first-half volleying chance and barely made contact with the ball.

Garath McCleary: 6

Frustrating evening for the  Jamaican, who promised plenty but achieved little due to poor crosses and unimpressive dead ball kicks. No better than Norwood in this respect.

Yann Kermorgant: 6

Showed a few neat  touches in the build-up play and was a valuable asset in defending set-pieces. But could not shake off his markers where it mattered in the opposition box.

Roy Beerens: 5

After impressing against Ipswich the Dutchman regressed. Rarely beat his man and his crossing was consistently poor.


John Swift: 6

Improved the midfield when he arrived but was facing a massed defence and lacked the time to make a real impact.

Callum Harriott: 6

The only Reading player to score two goals in a game this season looked lively but wasn't given enough of a chance.

Joseph Mendes: N/A

Ran offside once and may not have touched the ball (at all).

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Average Rating: 5.8

Best and worst performances from 2016/2017:

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

6.4 - Plymouth Argyle H (W 2-0)

6.2 - Cardiff City A (W 1-0)


5.6 - Newcastle United A (L 1-4)

5.5 - MK Dons H (W 2-2)

5.2 - Wolverhampton Wanderers A (L 0-2)

Season's Ratings: