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Bradford City 0-0 Reading FC: Player Ratings

urzz1871 returns to run down his player ratings from Bradford while inviting you to vote for your POTM.

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Adam Federici 6

Competent enough in the air but stayed on his line a couple of times when the ball was his to claim. Otherwise wasn't really seriously challenged in this poor match.

Stephen Kelly 7

Was only able to get forward a couple of times but posed a threat when he did and when the pitch allowed him. Otherwise got stuck in at the back as required, and made a super saving tackle midway through the second half.

Alex Pearce 8

This was his type of game - not much finesse, lots of aggression and physicality, and he matched the Bradford forwards in everything they threw at him, rough-housing it with the best of them. Happy to put his nose in where it hurts and show no modesty when required.

Michael Hector 8

As with Pearce, mopped up everything thrown at him while under extreme pressure, and got stuck in as required in an old-fashioned physical defensive battle against aggressive forwards.

Jordan Obita 7

Was mostly concerned with defensive duties today so only rarely got forward occasionally, but not able to produce much on the ruts and divots. Competent and did what he needed to do at the back.

Nathaniel Chalobah 6

Mostly tied up defensively, a proficient performance without ever standing out or doing anything particularly notable. To be honest I didn't notice him much, but that's par for the course with a defensive midfielder. Poor distribution at times, though.

Danny Williams 7

Always looking to make things happen and drive Reading forward, he was the one in midfield trying to impose some kind of pattern onto the game. Had a couple of shots from distance towards the end of the first half, but spent the whole game totally committed to the cause.

Ollie Norwood 5

Not quite sure why he played, to be honest. The physical style didn't suit him or his stature, and if he was in the team for his distribution it didn't show, because his distribution was notably poor.

Jamie Mackie 7

A good passionate performance, he was committed from the start and definitely up for this one. Had some decent runs early on but was less effective as the pitch got worse and worse on the flanks.

Pavel Pogrebnyak 7

Only has scraps and couldn't do much with them against weight of numbers, he had some very neat out on the wings. Had what was arguably Reading's best chance, with time to turn in the box and pick his shot, but could only find the post. Stuck to his task admirably in what must have been a dispiriting role out on his own up front.

Hal Robson-Kanu 5

In the last round of the cup I marked him an 8, but today he was a quite different player - in fact I hardly noticed him, and he failed to support Pog in attack when required, leaving the Russian isolated and overwhelmed. Never really got into the game effectively.


Gareth McCleary (66) 6

Came on to replace HRK too late - some would say an hour or so too late - but by that point Reading were under Bradford pressure and trying to see the game out so had few chances to get forward. Didn't make anything happen.

Yakubu (80) 5

Didn't achieve anything and didn't get a sniff of the ball near the Bradford area.

Hope Akpan (83) NA

His only noticeable contribution was a comedy air-kick in the dying minutes as the ball fell at his feet 3 yards from goal.

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