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Reading 2-2 Burnley - Player Ratings

Close, but not quite enough from the Royals, as Brighton snatched the final play-off spot in the dying embers of the season. Here's how we rated the Reading team on the day, as well as our Man Of The Match.

Richard Heathcote

Alex McCarthy - 7

Made one great save just before half-time to keep the Royals in the game at 2-1 down, and was otherwise solid when called upon. Typically, it could have been far worse but for the Reading keeper.

Chris Gunter - 8

Energetic performance from the Reading right-back, who claimed second in the official Player Of The Season vote. His lung-bursting run forced the first goal for the Royals.

Alex Pearce - 8

Back to his best in the final few games of the season, and aside from the two goals which could have been prevented with better defending, Pearce was solid. Made one crucial intervention to prevent the Royals going in 3-1 down.

Sean Morrison - 7

Morro had been playing himself back to fitness and this was another step in that direction, sadly at the end of the season. Burnley were keen to play the ball in front of the back four but generally the back two dealt with any trouble.

Jordan Obita - 7

A relatively quiet game for the Player Of The Season, he and McAnuff were sleeping for the first goal which came from a quickly taken free-kick. His set-piece delivery was generally on the money.

Garath McCleary - 9

Pretty clear man of the match, McCleary was a constant threat running directly at the Burnley defence, and capped it off with a fantastic strike. Whether out wide in the first half, or in the middle in the second 45, he was electric.

Mikele Leigertwood - 7

Did exactly what you would expect, putting in challenges and distributing quickly and efficiently. A capable Championship player, and a grand servant to Reading, he will be missed by most.

Hope Akpan - 6

Taken off ten minutes into the first half for the slightly more attacking Taylor, Akpan had by no means a poor game, but was largely chasing shadows.

Jobi McAnuff - 7

One mistake for the first Burnley goal aside, McAnuff had a good game. His run and cross provided the first goal, and he almost got another with a similar situation on the other wing.

Adam Le Fondre - 6

Created the first with a great flick over his head, and nearly got onto one through-ball which was picked up in contentious circumstances by Heaton. Was withdrawn with injury just before the hour mark.

Pavel Pogrebnyak - 7

How his shot was cleared off the line by Shackell, I will never know. Had another shot stopped by Shackell's arms in the first minute. Was generally lively and up for the cause.


Jake Taylor - 7

A neat cameo from the Academy product, Taylor offered more going forward than Akpan in a 3-man central midfield behind McCleary, Robson-Kanu and Pogrebnyak.

Hal Robson-Kanu - 7

Flicked down to McCleary for the equaliser, and didn't show a sign of the busted nose which forced him to wear a facemask.


Just so that we can get the April/May Player Of The Month out quicker, we've nominated our own 1-2-3 for Man Of The Match. As ever, if you disagree, let us know in the comments below!

3rd - Alex Pearce

2nd - Chris Gunter