10-man Huddersfield Town suffered a third-round FA Cup exit as Reading left the John Smith's Stadium with a 1-0 win thanks to Nick Blackman's second-half strike.

In a match of precious few clear-cut openings, James Vaughan squandered the opportunity to give the Terriers a lead five minutes after the interval as he headed over from a Jack Robinson cross before Blackman struck.

The substitute slotted past Alex Smithies coolly after a neat one-two with Danny Guthrie and Town, who had Jonathan Hogg sent off a second bookable offence late on, could find no way back despite Nahki Wells going close on two occasions.

But how did each Town player rank in the cup defeat?

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Smithies - Rarely called into action and dealt with the ball well under pressure from corners. Had no chance for the winning goal, which Blackman dispatched clinically. Otherwise, the Town No.1 had little to do. 5.

Smith - Did not look his usual menacing self and his bursts forward from his right-back station were unfortunately in short supply. May have felt he could have got across quicker to deal with the danger as Blackman closed in on the penalty area for the only goal of the game. 5.

Hudson - Has not looked his usual commanding self for some time now and the early aerial altercation with Reading skipper Alex Pearce affected him throughout. Struggled more as the game progressed and will not be happy with his defending for Blackman's goal. 4.

Wallace - Only made it through to half-time after suffering a hamstring injury but was largely wasteful in possession during his time on the field and failed to press his claims of securing a more regular starting berth. 5.

Robinson - Unable to keep his impressive recent form going here but he kept on showing endeavour down the left throughout. Worked as hard as anyone, but was let down by a number of poor deliveries from wide positions. 5.

Hammill - Struggled to truly get to grips with the game in only his second start of the season. Never really got the better of a determined marker in Jordan Obita and may have passed up his chance of a spot in the first team as a result. 5.

Hogg - The best of a bad bunch on the day but even he marred his performance by getting needlessly sent off late on. His frustration was understandable though, as Danny Williams refused to give the ball back. His passing was intelligent and kept Town ticking over. 6.

Coady - A mixed display from the other central midfield cog. He failed to provide the cunning midfield play of Jacob Butterfield but was committed in the challenge and some of his passing helped get Town up the pitch. 5.

Bunn - Another off day for the wideman, who went down far too easily under a challenge from Reading skipper Pearce and was culpable of not providing enough cover to Robinson when Town lost the ball. 4.

Wells - Battled hard and won a number of free-kicks against a robust Reading rearguard. Looked the likeliest to find a breakthrough from a Town perspective and did go close on two occasions with clever near-post flicks. 6.

Vaughan - Squandered the best opening of the game in the second half and still looked slightly rusty but was a willing runner in the channels and will personally be content to get 90 minutes under his belt. 5.

Substitutes:

Gerrard - Came on for the second half and defended well on the whole, but was never truly tested as Reading settled for their one shot on target and, indeed, only goal of the contest. 5.

Scannell - Gave Town some much-needed impetus down the right in the second half but his end ball was sadly lacking when the Terriers needed it most. 5.

Lolley - Came on late in the game and barely got a kick. 5.

 
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