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Player Ratings: Wigan Athletic vs Reading

In a new feature for this season, I take a look at just how the players stacked up in our 2-2 opening day draw against Reading and the players who will need to improve quickly for the team to be performing where we would expect them to be.

Paul Thomas

Scott Carson 8

Man of the match for me, played very consistent through out the 90 minutes and pulled of some great saves which kept us in the game at times. Slightly at fault for Reading's first goal, considering the pace on the ball and that it had traveled through players legs not much he could do.

James Perch 6

Very average performance by Perch and nothing really to note from the player. Looked a bit lost out on the right hand-side and didn't get forward with that burst of energy that we usually see. Off the pace which could be worrying for one of our most consistent players from last season.

Emmerson Boyce 4

What a shocker from our captain. One of the most dependable and versatile players over the past few years and that game at the weekend will be one which he will be hoping to forget and forget quickly. Very nearly made the mistake in the first half which gave Reading the lead, and then in the second half got caught out of position time and time again, hopefully Boycie can put the game behind him and get back to his best for the weekend.

Rob Kiernan 7

Solid, dependable performance and showing the rest of the defense up at the weekend. A player who broke into the squad last season and looks like staying in our back line, for someone his age he has that key skill as a defender of just making a decision and keeping it simple. He will only get better as the season goes on.

Andrew Taylor 6

Made a few great tackles and a solid performance. Not spectacular but then he has been brought in to make our left side a solid position. Showed is lack of attacking intent and pace a couple of times and that could be something which may hinder out attacking ability in the future months.

James McArthur 7

Scored the equalizing goal, and for a player who missed a couple of week of pre-season training due to injury, he didn't look at all off pace. Covered every single blade of grass during the game and looked every bit the player we all love, will take him a couple of weeks to get fully up to speed but signs are that Jamie Mac isn't going to be one the player who will need a lot of time to get going this season.

Emyre Huws 7

Very good debut from the player and showed why the player was signed by the club. Strong on the ball and has a very good left foot, looked extremely impressive during the first half but slowly tailed off during the second. Played the long ball that picked out Oriol Riera showing his talents. Looks to be someone who will be important during his six month at the club.

Don Cowie 6

Made a lot of running and looks like he could be a clever signing. Defiantly showed he hasn't had a full pre-season and with each game will surely improve. As will hopefully the fluidity between our midfielders, was very much a case of the players not use to playing with each other rather than the players having the lack of ability.

Callum McManaman 6

Best player on the pitch during the first half by a long stretch and looked to be at his vibrant and attacking best. Second half the player was kept out of the game and lost his edge, if he can play like he did in the first 45 minutes for the full 90 minutes then he could be the player who makes a difference this season for the club.

Martyn Waghorn 5

Very poor from one of our impressive players from the back end of last season. Would have expected more from the attacker and really didn't manage to live up to the hype. Hopefully that his form will only be temporary and the class we have seen of Waghorn will shine through again.

Oriol Riera 5

Below key debut and looked little bit lost up front. Riera looked very much like a player trying to adjust to a new team and also a new country and the way we play our football. The ball were more often than not fired high looking for the player to try and get on the end of it, the Spanish player looks more a player who wants the ball at his feet. As the players get use to each other and how the striker wants to play I am sure that they will all adjust and it will click together.


Shaun Maloney 4 - Came on to inject some creativity and was shoved out wide. Got very lost out their and does look like a player who again hasn't been training at full pace. Will need more time to get himself fully match fit.

Marc Antoine Fortune 5 - Got himself on the ball and started to stretch the Reading defense, so a very typical Fortune performance. Looks like he will be the impact sub for Rosler this season to stretch tired defenses legs.

James Traviernier 4 - Very disappointing not to see him start after such an impressive pre-season. Brought into the midfield and well didn't get in the game.