Derby's hopes of automatic Championship promotion suffered a setback when they were held to a goalless draw by Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

It was the Rams' fourth match without a win, while Reading's play-off chances were dented by their poor home form.

In a scrappy contest, Derby's Craig Forsyth scooped over from close range before Reading substitute Adam Le Fondre miscued from a few yards out.

Derby are now 10 points behind second-placed Burnley.

Rams hitting the buffers?

  • Despite recent woes in front of goal, the Rams have scored 60 league goals so far this season - only Leicester have scored more in the Championship.

Usually such a free-scoring side, Steve McClaren's men have drawn a blank in their last four league games.

Post-match: Derby coach McClaren

Reading's failure to win a fourth successive home game is at least tempered by their 4-2 win at Leeds last Tuesday, but they slipped out of the play-off places after Wigan's win at Ipswich.

Energetic Derby striker Jamie Ward did his best to find a breakthrough, finding Forsyth with a clever near-post header, but he was let down by the Scot's finishing.

After threatening only briefly in the first half, Reading appeared the more reinvigorated after the interval, with Jobi McAnuff drawing a save from Lee Grant and a Hope Akpan effort deflecting off Kaspars Gorkss before nestling in the Derby goalkeeper's grasp.

Le Fondre had the hosts' best opportunity, and was fortunate that Derby substitute Patrick Bamford wasted two decent chances as the game petered out into an inevitable draw.

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "We controlled the game and the performance was great from the players.

"If we hadn't been scoring all season, I'd be more concerned, but we have been.

"We're making chances but sometimes in a season you go through a barren patch. We've just got to keep playing as we're doing."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins on slipping out of the play-offs places: "I'm not too worried about that. Our confidence is still high and the players have been top drawer for me.

"There's a lot of positivity about the place. We've been the course and distance before and it's a very exciting time here. We're really looking forward to the last 10 games.

"They're a good side, Derby. We looked to nullify them as they looked to nullify us. I thought we were really strong in the second half. We missed quite a few chances but that's the way it happens sometimes."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 16 Akpan
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 12 McCleary
  • 20 Guthrie Booked
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Le Fondre - 32' Booked )
  • 10 Drenthe (Blackman - 79' )
  • 11 McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 22 Blackman
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace Booked
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson
  • 19 Hughes (Hendrick - 30' )
  • 09 Martin
  • 10 Ward (Russell - 92' )
  • 32 Dawkins Booked (Bamford - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Hendrick
  • 11 Russell
  • 18 Sammon
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 34 Thorne
  • 35 Bamford
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 19,514

Match Stats

Shots

12 17

On target

2 3

Corners

2 7

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 0, Derby County 0.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 0, Derby County 0.

90:00 +3:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:58

Delay in match Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) because of an injury.

90:00 +1:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jamie Ward.

89:56

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:56

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

89:01 Booking

Booking John Eustace (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:57

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

88:57

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:30 Booking

Booking Adam Le Fondre (Reading) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

87:20

Hand ball by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

86:59

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:57

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

86:28

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

85:35

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

85:22

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

83:13

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

83:05

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

82:24

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

82:24

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Royston Drenthe.

77:40

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

77:10

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

73:22

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

73:22

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:45

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

71:41

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

70:11

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:11

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

68:48

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Derby County).

68:48

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:45

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

66:45

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:43

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

63:48

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

61:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Patrick Bamford replaces Simon Dawkins.

58:23

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

57:06

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

54:38

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

54:24

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

52:04

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

52:02

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kaspars Gorkss.

51:36

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

50:51

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:51

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

47:01

Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

45:32

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

45:32

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 +2:08

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:08

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).

45:00 +0:54

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

45:00 +0:54

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:27

Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:41

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:41

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

43:03

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

43:03

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:05 Booking

Booking Simon Dawkins (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:58

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:58

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

40:27

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:27

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

39:59

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

39:59

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:08

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward following a corner.

38:46

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

38:01

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

38:01

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:35

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

37:35

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:50

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

35:50

Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:29

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

31:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Hal Robson-Kanu because of an injury.

30:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:00

Delay in match Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) because of an injury.

29:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces Will Hughes because of an injury.

29:08

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

29:08

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:54

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:05

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

25:05

Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:25

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

24:25

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:49

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Eustace with a headed pass.

22:16

Attempt missed. Andre Wisdom (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

22:15

Attempt blocked. Andre Wisdom (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

22:08

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:05 Booking

Booking Danny Guthrie (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:58

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:58

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).

19:39

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

18:34

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter following a fast break.

18:19

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.

17:37

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.

16:12

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

16:12

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:57

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

15:53

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

14:42

Offside, Derby County. Craig Bryson tries a through ball, but Simon Dawkins is caught offside.

14:12

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

14:12

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:32

Offside, Reading. Danny Guthrie tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

9:25

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

9:25

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:01

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

5:11

Attempt missed. John Eustace (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a headed pass.

3:38

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

2:41

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:41

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

0:30

Hand ball by John Eustace (Derby County).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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