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Reading FC 0-3 Derby County: Player Ratings

So you've read our report, now it's time to see how we rated Reading's players against Derby and provide you the chance to vote for your own player of the match.

Mark Thompson

Adam Federici: 6

Some will question his command of his box for the opening goal but beyond that this was a day where Federici had little to do other than pick the ball out his net. Made a fine double stop from Martin and his distribution was excellent as usual.

Jordan Obita: 5

It's important to keep in mind that Obita is still in just his second season at Championship level and less than a year into his career as a full-time left-back. Those circumstances are challenging enough but when you add in the lack of a regular partner in front of him and a mess of a defence alongside him it can't be easy for Obita right now. Not that it excuses some poor performances but can we really expect consistency from Jordan at this stage? Again provided some good balls into the box but beyond that endured another tough day at the back.

Alex Pearce: 5

Nominally the better of the two centre-halves but you'd like to think so from a man who's won Player of the Season in a Championship winning side. Pearce is struggling to lead a disorganised mess of a back five and ever since his own-goal at Derby is looking less confident in his own judgement as well.

Michael Hector: 4

Look, Hector is going to be a good defender but right now he's making the sort of rookie errors that you just can't tolerate for very long. While being comfortable on the ball is nice, Hector's tendency to give the ball away in key areas and dice with disaster isn't something we need right now. If his fellow defenders were playing a bit better you might just get away with it, but for now Hector needs to do some solid work on the training ground and learn from his mistakes if he's to stay in the team for very much longer.

Chris Gunter: 4

The Welsh International is probably fairly tired after a non-stop season that's already seen him play 18 games for club and country before we're halfway through October. After a great start to the season his form has tailed off badly and he wasn't overly effective either going forward or defensively yesterday afternoon. Did make a couple of good interceptions but as captain he's not inspiring or leading his own back four yet alone the rest of the side. Could do with a break and Stephen Kelly's return to fitness will be welcome to give Gunter a break and add some experience and steel to the defence.

Oliver Norwood: 5

Norwood has had an epic week with Northern Ireland so tiredness was perhaps to be understood but this was a sloppy outing from September's club and Tilehurst End Player of the Month. His usually pinpoint passing was wide of the mark on Saturday and he struggled to dictate the pace against a busy and solid Derby midfield.

Jake Taylor: 6

With 4 attacking players plus Norwood on the pitch, Taylor was given the thankless task of trying to contain one of the Championship's brightest midfield units and the newly capped Welshman actually did a pretty fine job of it. This wasn't an afternoon where Jake was expected to create much, but even so, he popped up with a good effort that nearly led to Robson-Kanu opening the scoring. Taylor certainly has that tenacity to make him a good Jay Tabb type of player going forward and for me this was one of his better games this season.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 6

Robson-Kanu put in two impressive performances for Wales during the International Break and he picked up where he left off on Saturday, creating a great chance for Cox before nearly scoring himself a couple of times from close range. Sadly his impact on the game faded as it went on and in the second-half he was particularly anonymous. Still probably his best performance in an injury hit season and it's a starting point at least.

Jamie Mackie: 6

You know you're always going to get a performance of high energy and drive from Mackie but this was an afternoon where we needed a little more in the final third and the former Plymouth man just couldn't provide it. It's starting to become a bit more obvious why he's bounced around a fair few clubs recently and he's going to need to up his game if he's to keep out the likes of Blackman and a returning McCleary yet alone any potential new signings.

Simon Cox: 5

Didn't look entirely comfortable up front with Murray and kept drifting into other areas in search of the ball. Missed a cracking opportunity to give us an early lead and was also unlucky not to win a first-half penalty. Not his best performance of the season and we know he's capable of much better.

Glenn Murray: 6

He's doing a decent job as a target man and again looked our best goal threat on a day where the Palace loanee didn't get an awful lot of service.


Nick Blackman: 6

Came closest to getting Reading back in the game with a couple of powerful long-range efforts, the second of which should have been put away by Pavel Pogrebnyak. Will feel he's got a strong chance of replacing one of Robson-Kanu or Mackie up at Bournemouth.

Aaron Kuhl: 5

Didn't have much time to make an impact before the game was ended as a contest by Martin's second. The best thing for Kuhl was that he had a solid 20 minutes or so after a disappointing game at Brentford two weeks ago. Every minute he spends on the pitch will help him develop as a player but he didn't look like making much of a difference on this particular afternoon.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 4

This is fast becoming a nightmare situation for Reading as they have a man on reportedly £60k a week who just offers next to nothing if not starting a game. Pog had a great chance to make it 2-1 on the follow-up from a Blackman effort but the big Russian somehow poked wide when it was easier to score.

So that's how we rated them but what do you think? Share your own ratings below and vote for your player of the match.