After a decent point and performance against Leicester that takes us into the play-offs, Vital Reading takes a look at the players’ individual performances from the draw.
After a decent point and performance against Leicester that takes us into the play-offs, Vital Reading takes a look at the players’ individual performances from the draw at the Madejski Stadium.
Alex McCarthy – 6 – It would be harsh to blame the goal on McCarthy, but the fact that it wasn`t deflected does mean that questions will needed to be asked. He did make a superb save from Drinkwater in the second half though. His distribution was hit and miss as ever, while another minor negative was his unwillingness to claim balls in his six-yard box, which is surprising from him.
Chris Gunter – 6 – Dealt reasonably well with Dyer, but was getting targeted quite a lot in the first half. Second half was much improved and was good to see him offering his hand going forward. One minor problem is how he panics though when he has the ball at his feet – there were a few occasions when he put a few aimless balls into the channels.
Alex Pearce – 7 – Good, solid game from Pearcey, who has probably been our most consistent centre half this season. Vardy`s movement is usually a handful for most defenders in this division, but kept him quiet for the most part. Great header for the goal. Didn`t try anything spectacular in his distribution, kept it safe and simple throughout.
Sean Morrison – 6 – No surprise Morro came in after Gorkss` horror show against Bournemouth, but it`s still clear he isn`t 100% fit yet. His distribution and passing from the back was poor, but hopefully will improve game-by-game
Wayne Bridge – 5 – I`d imagine he is still having nightmares about Mahrez, who was turning him inside out in the first half and making him look silly. Like Morrison, is not 100% fit yet, but the only way he can is by playing games. Good to see him the last full 90 minutes though, despite being nowhere near the form he was in before he was injured.
Michael Hector – 7 – A good game from the academy product, who is showing great potential. His passing wasn`t extravagant – it was simple, effective and composed, what you want from a central midfield. Don`t get me wrong, he still has plenty to learn as a central midfield, but he is certainly showing the right signs early on.
Danny Williams – 8 – VR MotM – He only lasted over an hour, but was still our best player on the park. His energy is Karacan-esque and like Guthrie, we have great balance in the midfield when he is playing. Proved his worth at both ends by superb play for setting up McCleary`s chance, as well as recovering superbly to stop a Leicester break in the first half.
Garath McCleary – 6 – Was good to see him in the game more compared to recent weeks, when he has been anonymous, but maybe still not enough as we would like. He had the better of Schlupp for most of the contest and was the hub of most of the chances we created. Injury unfortunately brought an early end to his gane.
Jordan Obita – 6 – He claims that the number ten role is his best position and finally got his wish, but I`m still not totally convinced by that. He had a decent game there, but I don`t think he has the required vision to play there yet, I still feel his future is as a wide player. His set pieces are a massive bonus though, very much better than Royston`s.
Jobi McAnuff – 5 – Poor game from the skipper, but he will know that, as he viewed a frustrated figure for most of the game. Was giving the ball away needlessly in good positions and didn`t have the same usual acceleration to go past players, maybe he is starting to burn out after a long run in the side? A rest for one or two games could do him the world of good.
Pavel Pogrebnyak – 6 – The big Russian, as ever, was feeding off scraps the majority of the game and came up against arguably the best defender in the league in Wes Morgan. Good hold-up play occasionally, but unfortunately isolated for the most part. Someone also needs to tell him that Pog that referees know his game about going down easily – it`s getting annoying now.
Mikele Leigertwood – 6 – Lasted only 20 minutes after two justified bookings, but gave glimpses of what he could offer in the run in. Keeps it simple and while he is slightly off the pace at the moment, is one of the very few players in our squad that is capable of breaking up play in midfield.
Hal Robson-Kanu – N/A – Must have touched the ball a handful of times in 20 minutes.
Royston Drenthe – N/A – Like HRK, hardly touched the ball when he came on and was doing chasing most of the time when we went down to ten men.