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April 6, 2013 7:45 AM EDT
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 24108‎
 
 
 
 
Adam Lallana 72′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Reading 0-2 Southampton

Rodriguez's opener gave Saints the lead over their former manager's new club in an uninspiring first half, before he set up Lallana after the break to make the points safe

By John Stammers

  • Adam Federici
    1
    4
    2.50

    Adam Federici

    Needed to be quicker, and slightly braver, when coming off his line for Rodriguez's opener - though may argue he was fouled. Left stranded one-on-one for the second goal.

  • Chris Gunter
    0
    4
    3.00

    Chris Gunter

    Made an important block in his own six-yard box. Dealt well with Shaw and was a real threat on his own flank when venturing forward. Crossed for Mariappa's chance.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    0
    4
    2.50

    Adrian Mariappa

    Denied a headed goal by a fine Boruc save. Was worried by Rodriguez's pace at times. Caught flat-footed for Lallana's goal.

  • Sean Morrison
    0
    4
    2.50

    Sean Morrison

    Headed narrowly over with a good early chance. Left Rodriguez, whose speed also troubled him a number of times, for the opening goal. Part of a defence again beaten by a little bit of movement for the second goal.

  • Stephen Kelly
    0
    4
    2.50

    Stephen Kelly

    Didn't have much to do defensively for much of the game, but also offered little in attack.

  • Jem Karacan
    0
    3
    2.00

    Jem Karacan

    Struggled to have any influence on proceedings as he sat back while Reading attacked and was dominated by Saints midfield as they came forward.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    0
    3
    2.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Didn't see as much of the ball as his other attacking team-mates in the first half, and failed to do much with it when he did after the break.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    0
    3
    2.50

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Caused Hooiveld and Shaw a number of problems in the air and on the floor. Felt he should have had a penalty, but it wasn't given. His threat faded as the game went on, though.

  • Danny Guthrie
    0
    3
    2.50

    Danny Guthrie

    Whipped in a great ball for Morrison's early chance. Showed some neat touches on the ball, and provided more testing balls into the box, but ultimately failed to create anything clear cut. Withdrawn after the break.

  • Hope Akpan
    0
    5
    2.00

    Hope Akpan Flop of the Match

    Quiet first half but was replaced by Leigertwood at half-time after taking a boot to the face.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    0
    4
    3.00

    Adam Le Fondre

    Was lively up top and a regular threat in behind the Saints defence before the break. Should have scored when gifted a chance. Shot over with an acrobatic effort before also fading in the second half. Almost pulled one back with a decent header.

Substitutions

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    0
    4
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Came on for Akpan at the break but struggled to make an impact in midfield.

  • Garath McCleary
    0
    4
    2.50

    Garath McCleary

    Replaced Guthrie in the second period but failed to offer much going forward.

  • Noel Hunt
    0
    4
    2.50

    Noel Hunt

    Brought on for Robson-Kanu later in the second half.

  • Artur Boruc
    29
    0
    3.00

    Artur Boruc

    Misplaced a couple of nervy goal-kicks early on, but looked good under the high ball and made a brilliant save to deny Mariappa at 0-0. Alert to tip a McAnuff corner away from the top corner. Almost carried a Le Fondre header into his own net but, although replays aren't conclusive, did well to react quickly.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    1
    3
    2.50

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Was given few issues by McAnuff, but wasn't his normal threat on the front foot. Upped his attacking input after the break, and was also largely untroubled at the back.

  • Maya Yoshida
    3
    5
    2.50

    Maya Yoshida

    Tried to play the ball out from the back nearly all the time, which got him into trouble on a few occasions. One of a number who failed to clear the danger before Le Fondre should have scored, but was fairly solid elsewhere.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    2
    4
    3.00

    Jos Hooiveld

    Escaped punishment for a clumsy-looking tackle on Robson-Kanu in the box in the first half and again failed to clear the ball before Le Fondre's clear opening. Did make a number of other good blocks and clearing headers, though, as he was solid after the break.

  • Luke Shaw
    3
    3
    3.00

    Luke Shaw

    Was sometimes bullied by Robson-Kanu in the earlier stages of the first half and went missing in build-up to Mariappa's header. Grew as the game went on and became assured at the back, while also providing more of a threat going forward.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    2
    5
    3.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Drove forward to good effect a couple of times, and as usual made a number of tackles in front of his defence. Like Cork, he could have moved the ball better in the first half, but he did improve after the break.

  • Steven Davis
    0
    4
    2.50

    Steven Davis

    Did a decent job of linking the more defensive midfield play into attack. Had a brilliant opening after the break but finished tamely. Withdrawn with a few minutes left.

  • G. Ramírez
    2
    3
    2.00

    G. Ramírez

    Wasted a few good openings throughout the match. Should have made it two before half-time, but snatched at the chance. Went missing at times and was too often slow and sloppy in the final third. Rightly taken off for Lallana in the second half, who made up for his earlier miss.

  • Jack Cork
    1
    4
    2.50

    Jack Cork

    Another who failed to clear the ball that almost led to a Le Fondre opener, but otherwise did some solid work in front of his defence. Perhaps a bit slower than normal in building attacks but worked hard as always.

  • Rickie Lambert
    6
    2
    3.00

    Rickie Lambert

    Was an effective target man, as always, and brought others into the game well. Found Rodriguez with a cute return ball for the opener. Presented Davis with a great chance with a fine defence-splitting pass.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    6
    6
    3.50

    Jay Rodriguez Top of the Match

    Was the game's best player by a distance, and one of Saints' only players to really take the game by the scruff of the neck when things weren't going their way. Looked bright and sharp on the ball, and showed bravery when taking his goal. He hit the wood work soon after and almost bagged another after a fabulous driving run. He then assisted Lallana with a fine chipped pass. Given an ovation when withdrawn in the final minute.

Substitutions

  • James Ward-Prowse
    1
    2

    James Ward-Prowse

    Came on with seconds left.

  • Adam Lallana
    5
    1
    3.00

    Adam Lallana

    Brought on in the second half and made a quick impact by finishing off a flowing move to put Saints 2-0 up.

  • Guilherme Do Prado
    2
    3

    Guilherme Do Prado

    Replaced Davis with just minutes left to play and missed a sitter which would have made it three.

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