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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.

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 0, Derby County 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 0, Derby County 3.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nick Blackman.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Murray (Reading).

  20. Post update

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

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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