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Reading 3-0 Derby County: Royals thrash 10-man Rams

Scott Malone fouled Yakou Meite in the penalty area
Referee Michael Salisbury sent off Derby's Scott Malone and awarded Reading a penalty for his challenge on Yakou Meite

Charlie Adam netted his first goal in just under two years as Reading cruised past 10-men Derby in the Championship.

Last man Scott Malone was sent off in only the third minute for bringing down Yakou Meite in the penalty area, with veteran midfielder Adam calmly converting the spot-kick.

Lucas Joao doubled Reading's lead early in the second half after latching on to substitute John Swift's smart pass.

The hosts rounded off their win with three minutes remaining when Meite also netted from the spot after Lucas was forced over by Craig Forsyth.

Derby have failed to win away from home since their opening weekend victory at Huddersfield and their task was made increasingly difficult after referee Michael Salisbury sent off Malone.

Although, Phillip Cocu's side had a number of chances to level in the first-half as Tom Lawrence saw an effort hit the post and Jason Knight struck the ball narrowly over the bar.

Reading could have doubled their lead in the 26th minute, but Sam Baldock could only find the side-netting from Ovie Ejaria's cross, before Royals keeper Rafael Cabral kept out Derby's Martyn Waghorn on the stroke of half-time.

And after Lucas doubled Reading's advantage, the Rams nearly halved the deficit after 66 minutes when Knight struck the crossbar from 20 yards.

But the hosts were otherwise comfortable and deserved their third goal late on, rising to 16th in the Championship - 10 points off the play-offs, ahead of Derby in 17th courtesy of their superior goal difference.

Reading manager Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"I wanted a fast start and we did that. We've been working on strikers being lively and that passage of movement led to the penalty and the sending off which I was delighted about.

"It can be a difficult situation when you play against ten men; we were probably in a bit of rush to do things because we had the numerical advantage.

"At half-time I said be patient and the chances would come. What I'm pleased about is everything I told the players to do at half-time we did."

Derby boss Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

(On Malone's sending off) "If I look back it's a harsh decision, you can give the penalty but it's never a red card.

"The game plan, everything we worked on all week, it (goes) out of the window.

"But it was a great performance by the team, even with ten men we created the best chances on goal and we still played football with courage."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 2Gunter
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 24BlackettBooked at 82mins
  • 19Meite
  • 8RinomhotaSubstituted forSwiftat 53'minutes
  • 26AdamBooked at 62minsSubstituted forTuncará Gomesat 66'minutes
  • 14Ejaria
  • 31Lucas João
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forBoyéat 72'minutes


  • 1Walker
  • 10Swift
  • 12McCleary
  • 18Boyé
  • 22Howe
  • 27Richards
  • 29Tuncará Gomes


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Hamer
  • 37BogleBooked at 80mins
  • 33DaviesBooked at 55mins
  • 3ForsythBooked at 86mins
  • 46MaloneBooked at 4mins
  • 38KnightBooked at 55mins
  • 5BielikSubstituted forSibleyat 70'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forMarriottat 83'minutes
  • 23HolmesBooked at 74mins
  • 10LawrenceBooked at 36mins
  • 19MartinSubstituted forLoweat 6'minutesBooked at 60mins


  • 2Wisdom
  • 8Dowell
  • 14Marriott
  • 21Roos
  • 25Lowe
  • 40Sibley
  • 49Whittaker
Michael Salisbury

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 3, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 3, Derby County 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 3, Derby County 0. Yakou Meite (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Booking

    Craig Forsyth (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Reading. Lucas João draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Craig Forsyth (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Boyé (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by John Swift.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Martyn Waghorn.

  9. Booking

    Louie Sibley (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Tyler Blackett (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Louie Sibley (Derby County).

  13. Booking

    Jayden Bogle (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas João (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Boyé.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Boyé (Reading).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by John Swift (Reading).

  20. Post update

    Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.