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Reading FC 0-2 Brentford FC: Player Ratings

So Reading may have signed off from the Madejski this season with a defeat but did any individuals come out of the game against Brentford with any credit?

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Adam Federici: 7

Reading's best player on a day where the Australian picked up the Player of the Season award. Federici made some fantastic saves to keep Steve Clarke's side in the game but may be a little disappointed to get nowhere near the second.

Chris Gunter: 6

The Welsh full-back did his very best to try and get things going down the right, with a couple of sublime crosses being wasted by McCleary.

Michael Hector: 5

Mixed the class with the sublime, with some great tackles mixed with sloppy clearances, the ball being given away and some wayward passing. Should have done much better with the first goal and like Pearce, was nowhere to be seen for the second.

Alex Pearce: 5

A shame that Pearce had to sign off with a weaker performance but he failed to stop Gray's cross for the first and was nowhere for the second. Otherwise tidy but today showed why the Oxford born defender might just be better off with a fresh start to challenge himself next season.

Jordan Obita: 5

Pretty decent showing from Obita who whipped in some good crosses and tried his best defensively. Left Pearce on his own to deal with Gray for the first which blotted his copy book.

Oliver Norwood: 6

Solid showing from the midfielder who's been a peripheral figure since the arrivals of Chalobah and Ake. Did the simple things well with some neat interceptions but still isn't the player that won three TTE Player of the Month awards before Christmas.

Danny Williams: 6

Like Hector we saw the best and worst that the midfielder had to offer on Saturday. At times he was brilliant, making dynamic runs and surging into space with the ball but at other times he looked lazy in possession with some terrible passes. Still one of the better players we have and one of the few you could hope to build into a promotion chasing side, IF he stays fit.

Nathaniel Chalobah: 5

You can't really blame Chalobah for taking his foot off the pedal at this stage of the season. He knows he probably won't be here next year and Jose (or the Chelsea scouts at least) have seen all they need to see of him at this level. Wasn't awful but barely impacted the game despite being given more license to get forward.

Jamie Mackie: 4

Not his best performance in a Reading shirt as Mackie looked more like the player we saw under Nigel Adkins than the one that fired us to safety with some key goals in February and March. You can never fault his work rate but his execution was well below-par.

Hal Robson-Kanu: 4

Was given another chance to prove his credentials as a number nine and once again failed to do so. Was bullied off the ball far too easily and showed no signs he can work as a main central striker. In his defence his service was very limited but he did nothing to help himself and wasted a good chance to beat Button in the second-half. Yet to score from open play in the league this season and he more than any other player needs a fresh start somewhere else.

Garath McCleary: 4

Where has the McCleary from last season gone? Either his injury from last season has really kept him from reaching his peak or his mind is elsewhere because this player is the shadow of the one who looked destined for the Premier League. Hopefully a full pre-season can help him rediscover his form. Part of a forward three that kept getting caught offside needlessly and wasted two good chances.


Jack Stacey: 5

The youngster showed flashes of quality and plenty of enthusiasm but was guilty of wasting of couple of good opportunities, particularly when he raced through and could have passed to Cox, only to shoot himself. Days like this will be a good learning curve for the Academy product and there's certainly potential there.

Simon Cox: 5

Had a great chance to get Reading back in the game but couldn't beat Button, otherwise did nothing to show why he should be getting more game time right now.

Nick Blackman: N/A

No time to make an impact, unsure if he actually touched the ball.


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