EFL Cup - Third Round
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Derby County 2-0 Reading

Derby beat Reading to reach the League Cup fourth round
Derby have kept clean sheets in five of their last six League Cup ties

Johnny Russell scored to help Derby reach the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at the expense of Reading.

After a goalless first half, striker Russell opened Derby's account midway through the second with a low drive.

Derby then sealed victory when Reading's Alex Pearce turned a Chris Martin cross into his own net.

It was a deserved win for the hosts, with the away side's best chance a well-struck Jamie Mackie effort which was saved by Kelle Roos.

The victory means Derby have reached the fourth round for the first time since 2008-09, when they advanced to the semi-finals, eventually losing to Manchester United.

Despite making six changes to the team who drew 2-2 with Cardiff on Saturday, Derby still looked slick when they attacked and Jordan Ibe forced Reading keeper Mikkel Andersen to tip his stinging drive on to the crossbar.

After that scare, Reading were able to keep Derby at bay but their resilience was finally ended just after the hour.

Substitute Martin flicked the ball into Russell's path and the Scot got the better of two defenders to fire low into the bottom corner.

Martin then had a hand in Derby's second as his cross into the six-yard box struck Pearce's knee late on.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

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McClaren on Derby v Reading

"We got the clean sheet and if we keep doing that we will win games. We have got players who are dangerous, can create and can score goals. We had to stay patient, but in the end it paid off.

"We haven't quite reached the heights of last season yet, when some of our football was absolutely fantastic to watch. But the style of play is coming back consistently and we have been a little disappointed with conceding goals.

"Reading are a good team and we knew it was going to be tough. But even though we made six changes, we felt the team was good enough to win - and it did."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"Against a team who play excellent possession football I thought it was us who were in control of the game at that time.

"Unfortunately the goal changes the complexion. It's a great bit of wing play leading into the second goal which is unfortunately a deflection - the second one in two games now against us."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 3Forsyth
  • 6Keogh
  • 32Shotton
  • 2Christie
  • 19HughesSubstituted forMartinat 64'minutes
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forEustaceat 83'minutes
  • 33Mascarell
  • 44Ibe
  • 30BestSubstituted forDawkinsat 76'minutes
  • 11Russell

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 7Dawkins
  • 9Martin
  • 12Naylor
  • 14Eustace
  • 17Whitbread
  • 27Calero

Reading

  • 31Andersen
  • 11Obita
  • 2Gunter
  • 5Pearce
  • 15HectorSubstituted forCooperat 87'minutes
  • 28Kuhl
  • 8GuthrieSubstituted forTaylorat 72'minutes
  • 17Edwards
  • 9Robson-KanuBooked at 44minsSubstituted forCoxat 76'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 19Mackie

Substitutes

  • 10Cox
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
  • 32Long
  • 35Cooper
  • 37Stacey
  • 41Lincoln
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
18,409

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamReading
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Reading 0.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

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

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Foul by Jordon Ibe (Derby County).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ryan Shotton (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Michael Hector.

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kelle Roos.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. John Eustace replaces Craig Bryson.

Goal!

Own Goal by Alex Pearce, Reading. Derby County 2, Reading 0.

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Derby County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Leon Best.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Danny Guthrie.

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jordon Ibe (Derby County).

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

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Reading 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Will Hughes because of an injury.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Michael Hector.

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

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt blocked. Jamie Mackie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

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