Date: 20th October 2013 at 9:32am
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I made the trip to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday to watch Doncaster Rovers go down to a 4-1 defeat to Reading.

Here I give my player ratings from the game.

Turnbull 7
A couple of fantastic saves to keep Rovers in the game in the first twenty minutes. He was left stranded for the first goal and he will probably feel he could have done better for the second but another good performance.

Quinn 7
He did well to keep Wayne Bridge quiet down their left. Bridge got forward regularly to help the Reading attack but he struggled to beat Quinn.

Khumalo 6
One of his quieter games. He left himself out of the game when he committed himself for the first goal with Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak making him look silly. Be interesting to see how he does without Jones alongside him.

Jones 7
A bit shaky early on with some nervous clearances but he got better as the game went on. He won everything in the air and his loss through injury late on proved crucial. Looks like he will be out for a while and he will be a big loss for Rovers, not only in defence but also as a leader.

Wabara 7
He is looking ok at left back filling in for the injured James Husband. He does need to work on his shooting as one effort went out for a throw in.

Keegan 6
He worked hard in midfield with Wellens trying to break things up against the impressive Danny Guthrie.

Wellens 7
He usually orchestrates everything Rovers do well. A few times, he found himself in advanced positions but he didn`t shoot. A player of his capabilities, I would like to see him have a go a bit more.

He picked up a harsh yellow card for handball and Rovers will now miss him at Middlesbrough on Friday through suspension. He will be a big miss but it will give someone a chance to impress.

Duffy 7
He looked dangerous whenever he had the ball and Rovers should have tried to get him involved a lot more. It was a good effort from a free kick that led to Rovers equaliser.

Brown 5
A very quiet game for Brown, who struggled against the power and presence of Reading defender Sean Morrison.

Coppinger 5
He helped out defensively but he did little to offer an option in attack.


Robinson 7 Man of the match

He made a massive difference with his pace and he scored a good goal to bring Rovers level. I was finding him quite frustrating. He did the hard things well but the easy things poorly.

Paynter 2
Did he do anything when he came on?

Bennett 1
He did less than Paynter.

I felt the scoreline flattered Reading. They did dominate for the first twenty minutes and could have quite easily have been more than one ahead.

Paul Dickov deserves great credit for Rovers getting back into the game. Rovers had offered little threat, he took the bold decision to bring on Theo Robinson, and Rovers took control of the game. They deservedly levelled and then fell behind against the run of play just before half time.

The second half was even, it was a cruel blow to lose Jones through injury, and this killed off the game as a contest.

I hope it is not too serious for Jones because he will be a huge loss for Rovers. Three defenders could now be out long-term, with Jamie McCombe and James Husband already ruled out. Cover at the back is now stretched, with Luke McCullough now looking like he will get his first team chance.

Next up for Rovers is the trip to Middlesbrough on Friday night with the game on Sky.

I think it is a great chance for Rovers to get something from the Riverside. If Boro haven`t sacked Tony Mowbray before Friday, then the pressure is well and truly on for the home side. Get at them early, and the crowd will be on their backs.

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