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Reading FC 0-1 Watford: Player Ratings

So who were the heroes and zeros on Steve Clarke's managerial debut that saw Reading lose 1-0 to Watford.

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Adam Federici: 6

Couldn't do an awful lot about the goal and was tidy as always. Had a couple of fairly routine saves to make but it was generally a quiet afternoon for the Aussie.

Jordan Obita: 6

Was nice seeing Jordan move back to left-back and while his defensive work was excellent,he was a little too wasteful in attacking positions.  In fairness he was up against a fantastic full-back but the youngster still has some work to do before he can consider himself a threat as a more forward options.

Alex Pearce: 6

A quiet yet steady debut for the new Reading captain who dealt with Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra well only to see his side concede late on.

Michael Hector: 7

A much calmer and assured performance from Hector on Saturday, as the former Barnet loanee got back to basics. Hector was quick, strong and made some key interceptions to keep Watford at bay, though once again a few passes went astray.

Chris Gunter: 7

Having the armband taken off him seemed to rejuvinate Gunter who looked back to the type of form that saw him take second place in last year's Player of the Season vote. The Welshman was constantly overlapping with McCleary and looked calm and composed in defence. His only negative was once again seeing the cross for the goal come from his side but this was by far his best performance of the past few months if not the season.

Danny Williams: 5

Williams still isn't quite up to speed as the American again looked sluggish and quiet against a strong Watford midfield. Played a role in the Watford goal and booked shorly afterwards.

Oliver Norwood: 6

Some decent passes and some nice interceptions but Norwood failed to really take the game by the scruff of the neck and was often far too deep against a team who for the second half had just a single striker.

Nick Blackman: 5

This was a big chance for Nick Blackman to make an impact in front of his third Reading manager but again the former Blade showed exactly why Reading fans have been so frustrated with him. Produced a fine cross for Murray but wasted one of the best chances of the game in the second-half. Otherwise really struggled to make an impact on the game and will have to do better if he wants to keep the likes of Mackie, Robson-Kanu and others out in the long-run.

Garath McCleary: 7

Was often our most dangerous threat and drew the foul that caused Watford to go down to 10-men. Faded late on but this was another important 90 minutes for the winger who showed us glimpses of his best. Unfortunately a good performance was overshadowed by playing an awful pass to Williams that allowed Watford to break and score.

Simon Cox: 5

Not the best impression to make in front of a manager who's already sold you once. Cox gave a totally committed all-action performance but his touch let him down badly and he struggled to really create anything in terms of a meaningful chance on goal or opportunities for others.

Glenn Murray: 6

This was an excellent hold-up display from Murray who clearly enjoyed having a proper winger to his right and another striker alongside him in Cox. Sadly, while the Palace loanee did the dirty work brilliantly he failed to convert two fantastic chances and when you're in the side for your goals, you have to be marked down for that.


Jake Cooper: NA

Thrown on in the dying seconds as a makeshift striker, Cooper again looked a threat in the air but sadly couldn't repeat his recent goalscoring heroics.