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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."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Derby

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 8Dowell
  • 14Marriott
  • 21Roos
  • 25Lowe
  • 40Sibley
  • 49Whittaker
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
14,831

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Derby County 0.

Goal!

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

Booking

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

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Booking

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

Booking

Tyler Blackett (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Louie Sibley (Derby County).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

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

Foul by Lucas Boyé (Reading).

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

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

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

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

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Booking

Duane Holmes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lucas Boyé (Reading).

Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lucas Boyé replaces Sam Baldock.

Foul by Pelé (Reading).

Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Louie Sibley replaces Krystian Bielik.

Attempt blocked. Jason Knight (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Duane Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Pelé replaces Charlie Adam.

Offside, Derby County. Tom Lawrence tries a through ball, but Jayden Bogle is caught offside.

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Krystian Bielik (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Lowe.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

Attempt saved. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Curtis Davies with a headed pass.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Charlie Adam.

goal

As It Stood

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17Derby236892131-1026
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19Huddersfield2367102635-925
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