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Reading v Blackburn: Player Ratings

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We give our views on the 14 men who took to the field during Reading's 1-0 defeat at home to Blackburn, while inviting you to vote for your Player of the Match.

Jordan Mansfield

Alex McCarthy: 7

Not much the keeper could do about Conway's deflected goal, which he might well have saved had Jobi McAnuff not got in the way. Made a great stop to deny Jordan Rhodes and otherwise commanded his box well.

Jordan Obita: 8

A good performance from Obita, who was full of running up and down the left and did well to get out of a few awkward situations at the back. Put in some good deliveries but maybe would have liked to have beaten his man a little more.

Alex Pearce: 6

Not the best afternoon for the defender who looked uncomfortable up against Jordan Rhodes and saw his forward passes going astray more often than he'd have liked.

Kaspars Gorkss: 7

Not much the Latvian could do to stop this defeat, with the defender doing his best to keep Rovers out.

Chris Gunter: 7

Like Obita he was full of energy and did what he had to do well. Was a bit unfortunate with the goal after making what looked a good block, only for the ball to fall kindly to Conway. Crosses weren't the best but some good defending from Rovers stopped him linking with McCleary on a regular basis.

Hope Akpan: 6

Fairly average performance from Akpan who made some good tackles but couldn't really impose himself on the game.

Danny Williams: 6

After such a dynamic performance at QPR, Williams couldn't really get going this afternoon and probably wasn't helped after suffering a cut to the head that required him to wear a bandage on his head for the last 25 minutes.

Jobi McAnuff: 4

It would be easy to slaughter McAnuff for this performance and while he was bad he wasn't appalling and you couldn't fault the winger for his effort and commitment. Sadly this was just one of those days where just nothing came off for the captain but he's earned a bad day at the office after some good performances recently.

Garath McCleary: 6

He's been in stunning form recently and that's why Blackburn completely took him out of the game with some tight marking and committed defending. While I don't think he should have been taken off, I can understand why Adkins wanted something fresh to create problems for a defence who had clearly done their homework on the former Forest winger.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: 5

Not a great day for the Russian who struggled to win much in the air and aside from a great early ball for McAnuff, couldn't link the midfield with the attack.

Adam Le Fondre: 5

Like the Pog, Le Fondre struggled to make an impact although he should have had a penalty in the second half after a hand-ball. To be fair to Alfie he was given no service whatsoever, but the forward didn't really provide much for anyone else either.

Substitutes:

Danny Guthrie: 6

Tried to spray the ball around but couldn't create a clear cut chance.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 5

The Wales international did his best to create a spark but with balls flying in over the top, he didn't have much chance to actually get on the ball.

Royston Drenthe: 7

Might be a controversial mark given the shambles of a free-kick and his missed chance at the far post but Drenthe actually looked one of the few players who wanted to have a go at goal and take on a man. As a substitute you're expected to provide something different and I thought Royston did that, even if the end product wasn't there.