Vital Reading looks at the players’ individual performances from the draw with Cardiff on Saturday.
Vital Reading looks at the players’ individual performances from the draw with Cardiff on Saturday. Pavel Pogrebnyak opened the scoring early on for the Royals, before a last-minute goal from Conor McAleny meant a share of the spoils.
Adam Federici – 6 – A quiet game on the whole, did all that was asked of him. Couldn’t do anything about the Cardiff goal, it was a great finish.
Chris Gunter – 6 – Solid game from Gunter, who was rarely troubled by Noone or McAleny. He didn’t link up as well with McCleary, who seemed more inclined to drive inside. It was also disappointing to see him jump out of a challenge near the end.
Alex Pearce – 6 – A few slack passes from the skipper, but on the whole, solid enough. Doyle gave him no issues at all.
Michael Hector – 7 – Good game from big Hec, who was solid throughout. Won most of his aerial battles and was not to be beaten.
Jordan Obita – 7 – His best game in a while, as he was very good defensively and went forward at every opportunity. Great cross for Pog’s goal.
Garath McCleary – 6 – Decent game from GMac, who looked dangerous, but probably came inside too often – he had the beating of Fabio when he went on the outside. Had a good chance early in the second half, but fluffed his lines.
Nathan Ake – 7 – Classy performance from the Chelsea loanee, who barely misplaced a pass all game. Composed on the ball and harried the Cardiff midfield with good work rate.
Hope Akpan – 6 – Maybe this rating is slightly kind, but bar a few silly, misplaced passes, he did OK. He added a physical presence in midfield alongside Ake, but it was clear we were missing Williams at times.
Hal Robson-Kanu – 6 – A better performance from HRK, who looked direct and lively. He tracked back when needed and showed good signs of rare link-up play with Obita down the left.
Jamie Mackie – 6 – Quiet game going by his recent form, but still put in a good shift.
Pavel Pogrebnyak – 7 – Good instinct to add to his goals tally for the season, in what was a good performance from the Pog. He held up the ball as well as he could, he struggled for support at times.
Kwesi Appiah – 5 – The positives were that he was getting in good positions; the negatives were that he didn’t take his chances.
Oliver Norwood – N/A – Not on for long, so didn’t really have a massive impact on the game.
Nick Blackman – N/A – Not sure if he touched the ball when he came on.