Date: 21st October 2013 at 1:55am
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After our very successful 4-1 victory over Doncaster on Saturday, Vital Reading’s look at each players individual performance.

After our very successful 4-1 victory over Doncaster on Saturday, Vital Reading’s look at each players individual performance.

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Adam Federici – 7 – To have a keeper like Feders as our second-choice speaks volumes really of our options in each position. Could do very little abut the goal, after a very good initial save. Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer McCarthy, but Feders’ kicking is one of the best I have seen from any goalkeeper in the world, let alone a Reading shirt.

Chris Gunter – 7 – The improvement the Welshman has shown over the past few months has been superb, he was matured massively. Undoubtedly his best attacking display this season, slightly shaky with balls over the top from the right wing, but still justifies his place over Stephen Kelly.

Alex Pearce – 6 – Solid enough game from Pearce, who did all the simple things right. He will have to take blame for the goal though, as his poor positioning left him in trouble. Had a much easier second half.

Sean Morrison – 6 – If it wasn’t for an improved second half, Morro would have unfortunately got a 5, in what was a rarely tough game for him. The introduction of Robinson and his pace caused problems for him, more so in the first half. He did grow into the game though and the second half was much improved.

Wayne Bridge – 7 – As always, shows a great willingness to get forward and take on players when he can. Deliveries into the box were always accurate and defensively he dealt well with the eccentric Duffy.

Garath McCleary – 8 – One of the reliefs on the injury front was having him back, he has been one of our best performers this season. Adkins had him playing more narrow and central to match Doncaster, but his great acceleration through the middle prompted problems for Donny all game. Superb finish for his goal in the second half.

Danny Guthrie – 8 – The success of Gunter’s wing play was mainly down to this man and his accurate balls into the channels. Once again proving he can dictate the tempo of a game in this division and his goal was a sublime finish to round a good performance off.

Chris Baird – 6 – You know what you are going to get from Chris Baird and that is doing the right things well. He probably won’t receive many plaudits this season for the role he plays, but he is a great asset to have. Great intelligence in the centre of the park and not afraid to make challenges.

Jordan Obita – 6 – Young Obita was very unlucky to not score his first Reading goal, forcing a great save out of an impressive Turnbull. Always wants to take on players when he has the ball, but can unfortunately fizzle out of games sometimes, which he did in periods in this game.

Adam le Fondre – 7 – Alfie did what Alfie does best – score. It was always going to be a tough game for him considering the physical presence of Khumalo and Jones, but he didn’t get bullied out of the game at all. Great improvisation for his goal and could have maybe scored another early in the second half.

Pavel Pogrebnyak – 9 – Best game in a Reading shirt? Without a doubt – Pog was superb today in every department. His commitment was faultless and showed touches of class throughout the game. His hold up play was brilliant and got a deserved goal at the end to show for it, a thumping finish too!

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Hal Robson-Kanu – 6 – A decent cameo appearance from HRK, who played as a central striker. Linked up very well with McAnuff.

Jobi McAnuff – 7 – A very good spell for the skipper, who will want to get back in the starting XI soon. As mentioned, he linked up well with HRK and it was that, that led to the third goal.

Hope Akpan – N/A – Did little to influence the game at such a late stage.