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Reading 0-3 Derby County

Chris Martin
Martin's double took his goal tally for the season to nine

Derby climbed to second in the Championship as two goals from Chris Martin and one from Jordon Ibe sealed victory over mid-table Reading.

Martin opened the scoring with a header from Jamie Ward's corner, but Glenn Murray hit the crossbar for Reading having also gone close earlier.

Ibe made it 2-0 before the break after cutting inside two players and finding the far corner of the net.

Martin sealed the victory when dinking over Adam Federici from close range.

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McClaren on Reading v Derby

The result put Derby just one point behind new leaders Watford, with Reading just five points above the bottom three.

Reading started well and Simon Cox's header from Hal Robson-Kanu's cross went over while Jamie Mackie's effort just dipped over the bar.

But Martin made it 1-0 with a simple goal, heading home from close range via the body of Robson-Kanu.

Murray's effort from Jake Taylor's cross was just wide and his glancing header from Oliver Norwood's corner hit the crossbar.

Ibe scored his second of the season after picking the ball up and cutting inside Chris Gunter before beating Federici to make it 2-0.

Martin should have made it three after half-time but he went for power rather than placement and sent an effort from close range over the bar.

Nick Blackman went close with a shot for Reading and shortly after forced a decent save from Lee Grant as Pavel Pogrebnyak fired the rebound into the side netting.

Murray's deflected effort also hit the side netting as Reading's frustration continued.

Martin ended any hopes of a comeback with a 79th-minute goal, holding off a Reading defender before lifting the ball over the legs of Federici for his ninth of the season.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "It's all about what you do in both penalty areas. You've got to be ruthless in one and resilient in the other. But for all the positive stuff going on for us, it's a bad scoreline.

"You can't hide away from that or gloss over it because it's about winning games of football. You can't concede the goals we've conceded. It's becoming a repetitive theme and we've got to sort it out."

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "Chris Martin could have scored a hat-trick, he should be walking home with the ball. He got a lot of goals last season and there's always a question mark as to if he can continue that. But he's doing that. He's really developed over the last year in terms of his professionalism and belief.

"There's not a bad team in the Championship and, against Reading, we had to dig in in the first 20 minutes. But we got through it, we survived, and then we opened them up and scored. The second half was all about control."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 15HectorBooked at 43mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 11ObitaBooked at 84mins
  • 19MackieSubstituted forPogrebnyakat 69'minutes
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forKuhlat 69'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forBlackmanat 70'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 20Murray

Substitutes

  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 16Akpan
  • 22Blackman
  • 28Kuhl
  • 31Andersen
  • 32Long
  • 35Cooper

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2ChristieBooked at 65mins
  • 6KeoghSubstituted forShottonat 45'minutes
  • 17WhitbreadBooked at 44mins
  • 3Forsyth
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forHendrickat 75'minutes
  • 14EustaceBooked at 68mins
  • 19HughesBooked at 77mins
  • 10WardSubstituted forRussellat 42'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 44Ibe

Substitutes

  • 5Buxton
  • 8Hendrick
  • 11Russell
  • 21Roos
  • 30Best
  • 32Shotton
  • 33Mascarell
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
18,141

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Derby County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Derby County 3.

Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nick Blackman.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Jordon Ibe (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Booking

Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Ryan Shotton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Reading).

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

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

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Derby County 3. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

Booking

Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Taylor (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Reading) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces Craig Bryson.

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Glenn Murray with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Kuhl with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Zak Whitbread (Derby County).

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Jamie Mackie.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Aaron Kuhl replaces Oliver Norwood.

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford1273223121124
2Derby1265122101223
3Middlesbrough12723189923
4Norwich1263321111021
5Nottm Forest125612011921
6Ipswich125521711620
7Wolves125521714320
8Charlton124711411319
9Bournemouth125341714318
10Brentford125341516-118
11Sheff Wed124531111017
12Cardiff124441515016
13Blackburn124441719-216
14Leeds124351215-315
15Rotherham124351114-315
16Reading124351520-515
17Huddersfield124351622-615
18Millwall123451316-313
19Wigan122551214-211
20Brighton122551114-311
21Birmingham122551219-711
22Fulham123181322-910
23Bolton12228921-128
24Blackpool12138818-106
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