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Player Ratings - Leeds (H)

Player Ratings - Leeds (H)
After an important victory against Leeds the other night, we give our opinion on how the Reading players got on, with individual ratings and evaluations of their performance.

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Alex McCarthy - 7 - It was a rare quiet afternoon for the 23-year old, but what he had to do, he did it well. He did very well in claiming set pieces, but his kicking was hit and miss.

Stephen Kelly - 7 - An assured performance from the Republic of Ireland international, who wasn`t shy to get up in support of Blackman. Defensively very solid and probably did enough to justify a place ahead of Gunter this Saturday.

Alex Pearce - 7 - Probably the central defender`s best game of the season, a good all round performance. As he manager rightfully recognised, his distribution was much improved and appears to be adapting to the philosophy. Was caught too deep on the odd occasion, but made some very crucial tackles.

Sean Morrison - 7 - Similarly to his fellow central defender, made some crucial interceptions and tackles in the first half, with distribution faultless again. Morro would have been disappointed to not have got on the score sheet, after three decent chances from set pieces.

Wayne Bridge - 8 - Man of the match - You easily see that Bridge has played on the biggest stage, his quality on and off the ball is superb. Him and Drenthe showed signs of a promising partnership when he ventured forward, while defensively, very solid.

Danny Guthrie - 8 - A close second for man of the match, his first half performance let him down. He didn`t look at the races in the first period, misplacing passes and taking poor touches. However, in the second period, he constantly wanted to get us playing and he was the outlet for that, driving forward whenever possible. Can still be prone to play the 'hollywood` pass too often, rather than play it simple.

Jem Karacan - / - Jem was unfortunately taken off after just nine minutes, in what appears to be quite a serious knee injury. Such a shame for a player who has shown great promise so far this season.

Danny Williams - 6 - The summer signing didn`t appear to have his usual energy and drive this game, but still put in a decent shift. Williams seems to hesitate too often when making a pass and gets robbed of the ball. Despite this, it was his clever flick on that led to the winner.

Royston Drenthe - 6 - Royston can be very hit and miss, but I really can`t decide which one he was! He often had two men on him when in a decent position down the wing, so was ineffective in that sense. As mentioned earlier, he showed good link up with Bridge, but I still think he is best exploited in the hole behind the striker, with his tracking back still in question.

Nick Blackman - 6 - Bar the second half against Bolton last month, probably his best showing in a Reading shirt. Adkins moved him out wide after a tough start at centre forward, but gave Warnock a tough time, especially in the second period. Still needs to improve aspects of his game though, is it a confidence issue?

Hal Robson-Kanu- 5 - His manager praised his performance, but some were not convinced. He proved to be a decent presence, matching Leeds` physical threat, winning the odd flick on, but everything else wasn`t there. Poor end product too, I can`t see him having a career as a central striker unless he improves his shooting dramatically.

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Hope Akpan - 6 - There were glimpses that Hope could prove to be a decent replacement for Jem, but still has a lot to learn at this level. Wasn`t particularly composed on the ball at times, but his touch was good.

Adam le Fondre - 6 - You get the same thing every game from Alfie, very few touches, but one of them is likely to end up in a goal. He was given no support or supply when he came on, but got the decisive touch to give us all three points.

Garath McCleary - 6 - Made a good impact when he came on, driving at the Leeds backline, but no real end product to go with it. Still deserves a start in the side though.
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Writer:Josh
Date:Friday September 20 2013
Time: 3:22AM

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