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Reading v QPR: Player Ratings

Well yesterday saw Reading and QPR fight out a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium. We run down the heroes and zero's from Saturday's Championship clash and invite you to vote for your player of the match.

Ben Hoskins

Alex McCarthy: 8

Would have been a 9 were it not for some woeful kicking, as McCarthy shows he's still got some developing to do if he really is to become a top, top keeper. His shot stopping is as good as any keeper we've had at the football club and while he might be a bit disappointed not to get nearer to Barton's free-kick it was still a good return to form after a shaky game at Hillsborough.

Stephen Kelly: 6

Not vintage but far from the calamity of last week for the Republic of Ireland full-back. The player, manager and fans all know he's not a natural left-back but his positioning was better this week as was his general sharpness and fingers crossed he can at least stay at the 6/7 out of ten level with some more match practice under his belt.

Kaspars Gorkss: 6

After a slip in the first few minutes Gorkss returned to looking the solid steady presence that helped him become a fans favourite during his first season at the Madejski Stadium. Sadly his day was spoiled by conceding the free-kick that led to Barton's equaliser but he did enough to probably keep Alex Pearce out of the side another week.

Sean Morrison: 7

Solid enough from the captain who like Kelly bounced back from a woeful display at Hillsborough. The captain's armband might well have kept him in the side but he did enough to keep him in the side. His passing was once again a concern but he was solid as ever in the air and made some great challenges throughout the game.

Chris Gunter: 7

Another decent display from the Wales full-back who got up and down the right hand side pretty well. Crosses were hit and miss but he finally seems to be showing some consistency after a rocky first year or so in a Reading shirt.

Chris Baird: 7

Baird was also disappointing at Hillsborough but the former Fulham man was decent today, keeping the ball ticking over while making some decent challenges. The Northern Irishman was also unlucky not to open his Reading account after seeing a great header well saved by Rob Green.

Danny Guthrie: 7

Guthrie mixed the awesome with the baffling today. He seemed to be able to get himself out of tight jams and beat men in the middle, only to then play a careless final ball that saw more than one attack break down at the key moment. The fact that he was forced off late on will be a big worry over the coming weeks so fingers crossed it's nothing serious.

Jordan Obita: 6

Not the best afternoon for the young winger who got into some good positions only to fail to deliver a decent cross, with his deliveries hitting the first man far too often. He's a youngster with plenty of potential and you can see why Adkins is giving him a prolonged run in the side but probably should have been taken off for McAnuff or Sharp late on.

Garath McCleary: 7

If I was giving out half marks this would probably be a 7.5 but other than his goal there just wasn't enough magic from McCleary today. A good outing but not a special one, unlike his finish which was top quality.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 6

Worked hard and put in a performance reminiscent of Noel Hunt's over the years. Won plenty of flick ons in a floating role behind Pog but saw his first touch let him down and struggled to do much with the ball at his feet.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 8

My personal man of the match as Pog continued his fine run of form with another performance full of guts and determination. The big Russian sometimes dribbled his way down a blind alley but his desire to chase down every lost cause, fight for every ball in the air and put his body on the line was pleasing and he deserved a goal for his efforts.


Hope Akpan, Billy Sharp, Jobi McAnuff:

Token 6's all round for a group that only had the five minutes of injury time to make an impact.

So that's how we saw it but let us know how you feel in the comments below, while please cast your vote for your player of the match.