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Reading 0-0 Derby County

Jamie Ward

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.

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

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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."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 16Akpan
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 12McCleary
  • 20GuthrieBooked at 22mins
  • 19Robson-KanuSubstituted forLe Fondreat 32'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forBlackmanat 79'minutes
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14EustaceBooked at 90mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 25Buxton
  • 4Bryson
  • 19HughesSubstituted forHendrickat 30'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 10WardSubstituted forRussellat 90+2'minutes
  • 32DawkinsBooked at 43minsSubstituted forBamfordat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 11Russell
  • 18Sammon
  • 26Legzdins
  • 27Whitbread
  • 34Thorne
  • 35Bamford
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
19,514

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Derby County 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jamie Ward.

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

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

Booking

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

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

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

Booking

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

Hand ball by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

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

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

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

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

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.

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

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Royston Drenthe.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

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.

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

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Derby County).

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

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

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

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.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Patrick Bamford replaces Simon Dawkins.

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.

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester35255568333580
2Burnley362013359312873
3Derby36189960431763
4QPR35189843281563
5Wigan341771045311458
6Nottm Forest361415755411457
7Reading3615111056411556
8Brighton351511939281156
9Ipswich361312114642451
10Blackburn351310124344-149
11Watford3512121152411148
12Bournemouth351210134451-746
13Middlesbrough361015114438645
14Leeds35128154851-344
15Huddersfield36128164750-344
16Sheff Wed351012134342142
17Bolton36913144652-640
18Blackpool36911163152-2138
19Birmingham36910174351-837
20Doncaster36910173254-2237
21Millwall36711183262-3032
22Charlton32611152441-1729
23Yeovil3578203052-2229
24Barnsley35611183162-3129
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