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November 10, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 24080‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Reading 0-0 Norwich

A goalless game at the Madesjski Stadium, with Brian McDermott's side still without a win in the Premier League, and chances hard to come by for either team in a bore-draw

By Joe Doyle at the Madejski Stadium

  • Adam Federici
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adam Federici

    A virtual bystander for the first half, having only to collect a deflected shot. Had little else to do for the rest of the game, either.

  • Chris Gunter
    3
    0
    3.00

    Chris Gunter

    Got forward well, and with the game lacking a little bit of intensity put in a thundering (and fair) tackle on Johnson that got the crowd on their feet.

  • Nicky Shorey
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nicky Shorey

    Dangerous crossing from the left, as ever. Made some good forward runs, especially in the first half. Had one chance to shoot from a free-kick, but slammed his effort into the wall.

  • Sean Morrison
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sean Morrison

    Played well alongside Gorkss in the opening 20 minutes, making a few important interceptions when Norwich broke. Almost found an opener, but the ball bounced off his forehead rather than him actually making a good contact with it, and skipped wide.

  • Kaspars Gorkss
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kaspars Gorkss

    Solid at the back, and also a threat when going forward, but couldn't direct a header goalwards in the first half.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    An understated performance from the midfielder, nipping in to make some good tackles and spreading it well when in possession. Gave the ball away in a dangerous position late in the game though, and was lucky not to see his side concede.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jobi McAnuff

    A pretty quiet game from the winger, in all honesty. Had one real chance to cut in, and whipped a dangerous shot over the bar.

  • Garath McCleary
    0
    0
    3.00

    Garath McCleary

    Went down early on after a painful-looking fall, but recovered well and had the only real moment of danger in the first half, but his shot from distance was palmed away by Ruddy. Subbed after an hour.

  • Jay Tabb
    1
    0
    3.50

    Jay Tabb Top of the Match

    Did the simple stuff very well, screening the back four when Norwich began to dominate in the second half and made good tackles. Spread the ball well later in the game, setting Kebe free down the wing.

  • Noel Hunt
    1
    0
    2.50

    Noel Hunt

    Won some good flick-ons to put his side in dangerous attacking positions, and always put the defence under pressure with his running. Wasn't too much of a surprise when he was subbed for Pogrebnyak, though.

  • Jason Roberts
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jason Roberts

    Showed he still has a lot to offer, proving a tricky customer for both Steven Whittaker on the flank as well as Sebastien Bassogn and Michael Turner in the centre. Sent in a cross that almost deflected in for the opener. Was occasionally wasteful later, though, and was subbed with 10 to go.

Substitutions

  • Jimmy Kebe
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jimmy Kebe

    Had an instant impact, with his winding runs causing the visitors - and specifically Javier Garrido - problems. Also unlucky to hit the bar with a cross.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    0
    0
    2.50

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Came on but didn't really have the desired impact, failing to dominate in a similar manner to Roberts.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    0
    0

    Adam Le Fondre

    Came on with 10 minutes to go for Roberts. Attempted an overhead kick, but miscued.

  • John Ruddy
    0
    0
    3.00

    John Ruddy

    Did okay with McCleary's effort in the first half. Came a very long way to make a punch near half-time, and did so, but was untested really in the second half, bar a sprawl to get close to McAnuff's shot that flew over.

  • Steven Whittaker
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Whittaker

    Made a good clearing header from an early Shorey free-kick. Could easily have been booked for hauling down Roberts on the flank. A pretty good performance overall though, gave McAnuff little change.

  • S. Bassong
    2
    1
    2.00

    S. Bassong Flop of the Match

    Was pretty sloppy while in possession. Lost out to Jason Roberts near the byline and almost saw his side concede from it. Sliced clearances behind for corners on two occasions. Did make a few good clearing headers though.

  • Michael Turner
    0
    0
    2.50

    Michael Turner

    Cleared pretty much everything that came his way, but faced a difficult task up against Roberts, who got the better of him on a fair few occasions.

  • Javier Garrido
    0
    0
    2.50

    Javier Garrido

    Looked pretty good in the first half up against McCleary, but definitely struggled when Kebe came on, and was twisted inside out.

  • Bradley Johnson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bradley Johnson

    Drove a shot wildly over after 20 minutes. Perhaps lucky to escape a caution for elbowing McAnuff. Didn't have a great impact in the centre, forced to chase for much of the game.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    0
    0
    2.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Didn't really create in the way he can, and will be disappointed not to have done better with a header that looped over late in the game.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    1
    0
    2.50

    Anthony Pilkington

    Was a good outlet for the visitors, particularly later in the game. Put in a good cross that was headed over, but then fired wastefully high and wide on a counterattack.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    1
    0
    3.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Looked the player most likely for the visitors to create anything, but should have done a lot better with his chance at the start of the second half, blazing wide from outside the area. An impressive display, despite that miss.

  • Alexander Tettey
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alexander Tettey

    A strong performance screening in front of the defence, but really didn't do well enough when he got forward, crossing over the bar with the box loaded to howls of disappointment from the visiting fans.

  • Grant Holt
    0
    0
    3.00

    Grant Holt

    A battling performance from the striker, up against either Gorkss or Morrison at various stages. Was more effective in the second half with Hoolahan up alongside him, and brought out some nice flicks to link up with the midfielder.

Substitutions

  • Elliott Bennett
    0
    0

    Elliott Bennett

    Came on to eat up time with five minutes to go.

  • Steve Morison
    0
    0

    Steve Morison

    Didn't really get any chance to make an impact with only five minutes to go.

Results
 
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Ranking
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0