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Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading FC: Player Ratings

So near but so far for Reading at Middlesbrough but who shone brightly and who left the few hearty travelling fans venting their frustrations?

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Here's how Vicci rated the Reading players following the 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough.

Ali Al-Habsi: 7

My man of the match. Pulled off some great saves and kept us in it, not a lot he could do about the winner.

Chris Gunter: N/A

Didn't get much time on pitch before he was injured and replaced by McCleary

Paul McShane: 6

Solid at the back as usual. Did have a chance to hit the target in second-half but rather than pull the trigger he passed.

Jake Cooper: 6

Didn't do much wrong. Slipped in build up to the first goal so may have been able to prevent it.

Jordan Obita 4

Relatively quiet in first half and subbed at half time.

Oliver Norwood: 5

Nothing spectacular from him tonight. Did have a couple of shots way off target.

Danny Williams: 5

Show some spark especially in second half. Beat their players a couple of times but other times tried to do too much.

Stephen Quinn: 5

Worked hard but lacked the final ball into the area

Lucas Piazon: 5

Was he on the pitch? Might have been the main one getting in the way

Simon Cox 6

Glad to see him score. Could have had one in the first half as well.

Matej Vydra: 5

Just frustrating as he doesn't seem strong enough to hold off defenders. And that miss....

SUBSTITUTES

Garath McCleary: 5

Made some runs forward from right back but fairly quiet.

Andrew Taylor: 6

Definitely made the difference although picked up a silly yellow card

Ola John: 4

Was so disappointed with him. Looked tired and when he did have ball tried to take on too many players.