Derby v Reading FC - player ratingsBy Matthew Sadler
April 22, 2009
Matthew Sadler gives us his player ratings for the game away at Derby.
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Marcus Hahnemann - 7 - Had very little to do in the first half, but made a couple of fantastic saves in the second. Caught every cross that came in and didn’t always look to kick it long.
Liam Rosenior - 7 - Didn't give Gary Teale an inch and bombed forward well, particularly in the first half. Looked very comfortable, despite playing with a bandaged left hand.
Michael Duberry - 7 - May have conceded a penalty when he tugged Commons in the box and almost scored an own goal when he directed a cross just wide.
Andre Bikey - 8 - Won everything in the air and brought the ball out of defence at every opportunity. Made one mistake, but Hahnemann came to his rescue.
Dan Harding - 7 - Slotted in well for the injured Chris Armstrong and didn’t let anything get past him. Looked to play the short pass, which helped Royals retain possession.
Jem Karacan - 7 - Played the simple ball and outfought Robbie Savage in midfield. Shane Long latched onto his inch-perfect through ball to grab the vital second goal.
Jay Tabb - 8 - Controlled the midfield with his surging runs through the middle. Never backed out of a challenge and always chose the right ball.
Jimmy Kebe - 7 - Wasn't much of a threat in the first half, but delivered a perfect cross after he had cut in from the left for Kitson’s header. Looked dangerous down the flank.
Glen Little - 7 - Saw a lot of the ball in the opening stages of the second half, and his marauding run helped create space for Kebe to cross for the goal.
Shane Long - 7 - Had two goals disallowed in the first two minutes, both for offside, but kept playing on the shoulder of the last defender and was finally rewarded.
Dave Kitson - 8 - Clinically dispatched a header from Kebe’s inswinging cross to give Royals a deserved lead. Didn’t give the home defenders a minute’s peace.
Stephen Hunt - 5 - Added greater protection defensively and fresh legs going forward.
Alex Pearce - 5 - Shored up the defence after Bikey took a knock.
Marek Matejovsky - 5 - Not enough time to make an impact on the game.