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Two important wins and a creditable draw at home to Newcastle have given renewed playoff belief to Reading fans. Who impressed you most in March?

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In alphabetical order...

Ali Al Habsi

Average rating: 6.75 (four appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Sheffield Wednesday A), 3rd (Wolverhampton Wanderers H)

Another cracking string of performances from Al Habsi sees him grab a Player of the Month nomination for the second month in a row. Three vital, almost unexpected points at Sheffield Wednesday were almost entirely down to the Omani, whose crucial saves earned him the Man of the Match award with an astronomical 88% of your votes. Last year's Player of the Season is once again showing his importance to the side.

Yann Kermorgant

Average rating: 7.00 (four appearances); MOTM wins: 2nd (Sheffield Wednesday A), 3rd (Preston North End A)

Two very different goals for the Frenchman in March, but two vital strikes which helped the Royals claim six points versus Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves. His first against Wanderers, an instinctive flick to divert the ball home; the second at Wednesday, a great individual effort on his weaker foot. With Stam bringing in attacking reinforcements in January, Yann has stepped up his game in recent weeks - his experience could be vital in the run-in.

Paul McShane

Average rating: 7.33 (three appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Newcastle United H), 1st (Wolverhampton Wanderers H)

The McShane highlight reel rolls on, as the Reading captain had crucial involvement at both ends of the pitch in March. The Irishman's typically all-action displays saw him make a number of defensive interventions, helping us to a thrilling 0-0 draw with Newcastle, and a narrow victory over Wolves. And let's not forget who grabbed the winner in that 2-1 win... captain fantastic coming up with the goods just when we needed him!

Joey van den Berg

Average rating: 6.75 (four appearances); MOTM wins: 2nd (Preston North End A), 2nd (Newcastle United H), 2nd (Wolverhampton Wanderers H), 3rd (Sheffield Wednesday A)

An impressively consistent month from the Dutchman - four games, four top-threes in our Man of the Match votes. The returning Dutchman seems to have added a resilience to the backline (3-0 defeat at Preston aside), taking charge when necessary and attempting to drive the Royals forward in his quarterback role. His versatility in defence and midfield has added unpredictability to the team - as results pick up on his return, could he be the keystone in Stam's plans?

Those are your four nominees... get voting!