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Huddersfield Town v Reading FC: Player Ratings

A narrow defeat in West Yorkshire, here's how Jack rated the players on Tuesday.

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Ali Al-Habsi: 7

Didn't have much to do except the penalty save. His distribution when hitting it long was a bit off, however he was very calm on the ball when playing out from the back, which was pleasing given Huddersfield's pressing.

Chris Gunter: 5

Struggled at times trying to contain Nahki Wells, who caused the Welshman problems. Once again Gunter stood off at times, allowing dangerous crosses to find their way into the box and putting his team under pressure. That's something he has cut out if Reading are to achieve positive results in the next six weeks. Going forward the right back also struggled when the Royals were on the attack, with the defender finding it difficult to provide width down his side.

Liam Moore: 6

Another solid display from the former Leicester man, making vitals tackles and organising his defence. The centre back was also unlucky not to score in the first half, when his headed effort went over the bar from a free kick. A Player of the Season contender, Moore is going to be a key player between now and the end of the season.

Tyler Blackett: 7

For me, his best game in a Reading shirt, doing his best to contain the Huddersfield attack. Blackett made some excellent tackling throughout the game and was unlucky to be given a penalty against him. Blackett's recent performances, now give the Reading a solid platform to build on.

Jordan Obita: 6

Made some brilliant runs down the left side when the Royals were on the attack, providing width and support for Roy Beerens. Down at the other end Obita made a goal saving tackle to deny Nahki Wells, when it looked like he was going to score. A good display from the left back which will be needed in the games to come.

Garath McCleary: 5

A very quiet game from the Jamaican who really wasn't a threat down the right hand side and was rightly replace by Adrian Popa in the second half.

The winger will have to step it up if Reading are to get wins against the top six.

Danny Williams: 5

The American did his best to contain the likes Aaron Mooy and Philip Billing in midfield, however the midfielder kept giving the ball away especially in the first half and putting his team under pressure.

Liam Kelly: 5

Like McCleary, a quiet game for little midfield maestro, who struggled to get into the game throughout the 90 minutes. A game he'll learn from no doubt.

Jordon Mutch: 5

Decent performance, tried to make things happen whilst on the pitch. However, like Williams he gave the ball away putting his team under pressure.

Roy Beerens: 6

Was Reading's main threat throughout the game and was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the first half. The Dutchman had the Royals best effort the game with a curling effort that was tipped onto the bar by Danny Ward. If Stam can get the best out Beerens between now and the end of the season, he could be a force to be reckon with.

Lewis Grabban: 5

A quiet game for the January signing, however he did pose a threat on the occasions he got played in behind. Should have been given a penalty when brought down by Ward.

Substitutes

Adrian Popa: 5

Like McCleary, Popa had a quiet game when he come off the bench and was hardly a threat down the right. Needs more game time, as he adapts to English football.

John Swift: 6

Looked quiet when he came on, did his best to try and provide creativity for the front three.

Yann Kermorgant: 6

Looked average when he came on, didn't help there was no service being supplied to him. Did well to win most of the aerial duels and was unlucky not to score from a free kick right at the end that just went over the bar.