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September 22, 2012 3:00 PM BST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 23854‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 1-0 Reading

Goal.com assesses the players on show as a second-half Romelu Lukaku goal proves enough to ensure the points stay at the Hawthorns

By Paul Macdonald

  • Ben Foster
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    A virtual spectator. Fielded some deliveries into the area, and nothing else was required of him.

  • Jonas Olsson
    4
    0
    3.50

    Jonas Olsson

    Crashed a header against the crossbar in first-half injury time, and defensively was given little to do by either Pogrebnyak or Le Fondre, marshalling the duo with ease.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    2
    0
    3.00

    Liam Ridgewell

    Spent much of the match in opposition territory due to Reading not pressing forward, but his delivery often left much to be desired.

  • Gareth McAuley
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gareth McAuley

    Like Olsson, was rarely tested by the Reading attack, and in the end he was reduced to a role of providing the ball from full-back to the midfielders to allow them to create.

  • Billy Jones
    1
    0
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Susceptible to the pace of McAnuff on the flank, and was extremely fortunate not to concede a first-half spot kick when he seemed to haul the Reading captain to the ground.

  • Claudio Yacob
    2
    0
    2.50

    Claudio Yacob

    Neat and tidy in possession but on occasion allowed Guthrie to drift beyond him into dangerous situations, though his team were never punished.

  • James Morrison
    6
    0
    4.00

    James Morrison

    The most dangerous player on the pitch in the first half. Forced McCarthy into a smart save down to his right in the first half, and then was frustrated once more when a sweet volley was pushed away by the keeper.

  • Chris Brunt
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris Brunt

    Looked to have been instructed to release Lukaku as early as possible, but the Belgian didn’t seem to have received the message, All too often his through passes went too far in front of the striker.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    3
    0
    3.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    An industrious display, one that showed his ability both on and off the ball, winning possession, and then retaining it, for the entire contest.

  • Zoltán Gera
    3
    0
    2.50

    Zoltán Gera

    The fan favourite looked lively early on, feeding the ball into good areas, but his influence on the match waned and he was ultimately replaced by Dorrans.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    40
    3
    4.00

    Romelu Lukaku Top of the Match

    A powerful presence, and when given time to dribble at Reading, looked a real threat. Got the goal that his team’s endeavour deserved, drilling a low effort from the edge of the area into the net.

Substitutions

  • Shane Long
    12
    1
    3.50

    Shane Long

    Played a key role in the goal, knocking the ball down for Lukaku to lash home.

  • Alex McCarthy
    1
    0
    3.50

    Alex McCarthy

    Fabulous low stop to deny Morrison in the opening exchanges was one of the highlights of the match, and denied the same player again from a second-half volley. May have been unsighted at Lukaku's winner, which found the net under his body.

  • Chris Gunter
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris Gunter

    Was bullied at times by Lukaku, and didn’t enjoy physical confrontations with the striker, but stuck to his task admirably.

  • Nicky Shorey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nicky Shorey

    Was beaten easily by Lukaku more than once and was relieved to see the Belgian replaced. Swerved a second-half free-kick just wide.

  • Alex Pearce
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alex Pearce

    Disappointed to see Lukaku's low shot slip through the sea of legs and find the net, as he had enjoyed a good battle with the forward until that point.

  • Kaspars Gorkss
    1
    0
    3.00

    Kaspars Gorkss

    Managed to contain the threat from the hosts for much of the match, and was solid enough.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Tried to be too extravagant with his passing at times, when keeping it simple would have sufficed, but battled well to contain the runs of Morrison and Gera from midfield.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jobi McAnuff

    The Reading captain should have been awarded a penalty when he eased past Jones only to be felled just inside the area, and he appeared rightly bemused when the referee rejected his claims.

  • Garath McCleary
    0
    0
    2.50

    Garath McCleary

    Sometimes ponderous when he had the ball, not moving it to his midfielders quickly enough, and in the end couldn't help his side grind out a point.

  • Danny Guthrie
    0
    0
    2.50

    Danny Guthrie

    Enjoyed getting ahead of the ball when Reading countered, and won his team free-kicks in dangerous areas, but was not influential enough.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    2
    0
    2.00

    Pavel Pogrebnyak Flop of the Match

    Any attempted interplay between him and Le Fondre failed to ignite, and he ended up losing the ball more often than he created anything meaningful for his team. Replaced with 20 minutes remaining.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    0
    1
    2.00

    Adam Le Fondre

    Lashed two first-half efforts closer to the roof than the net, and never at any point looked like getting the better of McAuley or Olsson.

Substitutions

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    0
    0
    2.00

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Missed the best opening of the match for his side, heading a golden chance onto the roof of the net in the closing stages.

  • Noel Hunt
    0
    0

    Noel Hunt

    Replaced Pogrebnyak but couldn't contribute to the action.

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