Date: 2nd March 2014 at 7:31pm
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After another disappointing home showing from Reading, Vital Reading takes a look at the players’ individual performances from their draw with Yeovil.

After another disappointing home showing from Reading, Vital Reading takes a look at the players’ individual performances from their draw with Yeovil.


Alex McCarthy – 5 – Another mistake from the 24-year old, who has been making a few errors recently. He had no right to came for that ball and almost made a similar mistake against Blackburn last week. Macca made a good save shortly after, but he has to get rid of these mistakes from his game.

Chris Gunter – 7 – The stand-in skipper was probably our best player on the day, mainly for his attacking intent in the second half. Defensively he wasn’t really troubled, but it was his willingness to attack and take players on that was great to see – a feature of his game that has been lacking.

Alex Pearce – 6 – No complaints with Pearce really, he dealt with the height of 6’5 Moore comfortably throughout. Obviously not comfortable enough on the ball to play out of defence, which leads to long, hopeless balls, which is no help for Alfie and Pog against 6’4 defenders.

Kaspars Gorkss – 6 – Same as his centre back partner really, did all he could in a game where their wasn’t enough spark from the midfield and front players. However, believe it or not, the game convinced me that Gorkss is a better ball-player than Pearce, but still not the best at it!

Jordan Obita – 5 – Definitely his worst performance since coming into the team. Defensively he was very shaky, making some strange choices and going forward, he offered nothing. Despite claiming his a number 10 player, whenever he got the ball, he simply hoofed it aimlessly into the channels.

Garath McCleary – 6 – Fairly anonymous game again from the winger, who is obviously being targeted by teams after his QPR performance. Yeovil’s narrow system meant he often had to drift inside from the right, doing him no favours and making him ineffective throughout.

Hope Akpan – 5 – The midfielder could well be back on the bench next week, after a poor first half showing. His passing wasn’t good enough and was second in the most of the battles in midfield. His booking put the final nail in the coffin for the half time substitution.

Danny Williams – 6 – The often energetic midfielder couldn’t really get into the game, despite not doing a lot wrong. I’ve also noticed he is prone to give away silly fouls at times when there is no need to. After receiving a USA call-up, hopefully he won’t be too jaded for next week.

Hal Robson-Kanu – 5 – You would have thought that HRK would have worked to made that spot his own after McAnuff’s injury, but he failed to do in a ineffective showing. Despite doing well to beat Ayling on occasions, his crossing was awful, doing no favours for Pog or Alfie.

Pavel Pogrebnyak – 6 – The big Russian had a few opportunities and on another day, could have had a hat trick. He got in good positions, but should have scored his header early in the second half and if luck would have been on his side, would have scored in a scramble near the end.

Adam le Fondre – 5 – It’s five games without a goal for Alfie now, but it simply wasn’t his day. Like Pog, he could have had a hat trick – he should have scored a header, his penalty and a pull back from Gunter. Did well for his part in the equaliser though, even though he tried to claim it!


Danny Guthrie – 6 – You would expect him to start against Brighton next week after coming on at half time and doing what you expect from Guthrie. He proved that he can play at a high tempo if needed, as he kept the ball moving very well when he had a lot of possession.

Royston Drenthe – 7 – Another minor positive from the game, as Royston continues to impress from the bench. Did well for the penalty and although I understand Yeovil had eight-men, he affected the game well. Adkins may not like him, but deserves a start over HRK if Jobi’s not fit.

Nick Blackman – 6 – He got booked before he even touched the ball, that’s pretty much it.