• Date: Wed 10 March 2010
  • Venue: Madejski Stadium
  • Ref: Wright, K
  • Attendance: 14,096


Long (8)

Kebe (34)

Bertrand (69)

Church (84)

4 - 1

Reading vs Derby County

Team Lineups


Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ivar Ingimarsson
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin (Zurab Khizanishvili, 84)
Jay Tabb
Jimmy Kebe
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard (Brynjar Gunnarsson, 75)
Shane Long
Grzegorz Rasiak (Simon Church, 75)

Derby County

Stephen Bywater (Saul Deeney, 13)
Jay McEveley
Shaun Barker
Jake Buxton
Nicky Hunt
Paul Green
Robbie Savage
Stephen Pearson
Michael Tonge
Rob Hulse (Steve Davies, 85)
Gilles Sunu (Dave Martin, 77)

Match Report
Reading beat Derby County 4-1 in an incident-packed game during which the visitors lost two goalkeepers in the first half, with midfielder Robbie Savage having to take over in goal as the Rams were reduced to ten men. Firstly, Stephen Bywater walked off the pitch in the 13th minute suffering from a back injury and was replaced by Saul Deeney who was making his first-team debut. It was not a happy start for Deeney, who was dismissed four minutes before the interval after bringing down Jay Tabb when the Reading midfielder was clear through on goal. Savage went in goal to face the penalty, only to see Reading's Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long blaze the kick high over the Derby bar. Reading had got off to a bright start and it was no surprise when they made an early breakthrough. Winger Jimmy Kebe and Long exchanged passes before the latter outpaced Shaun Barker to fire a low shot past Bywater. It was his seventh goal in six games since returning from suspension. But there was a shock for the Royals when Derby's Gilles Sunu took advantage of a lucky bounce to hammer in an equaliser, his first goal of the season. Deeney made a good save from Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick, but he had no chance with Reading's second in the 34th minute. Derby failed to cut out a pass from Tabb leaving Kebe free to race forward unchallenged and shoot low past the keeper. It was Kebe's sixth goal in seven games. Savage raised cheers from the near-700 Derby supporters in the crowd early in the second half when he saved at Long's feet and then managed to cut out a right-wing cross from Kebe. His next action was to make a stunning save when he tipped a Sigurdsson free-kick over the bar and then he palmed away the resulting Ryan Bertrand corner. Savage's resistance was eventually broken in the 69th minute when Reading full-back Ryan Bertrand hammered in Reading's third and his first goal for the Royals. Six minutes from time substitute Simon Church added Reading's fourth.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.


Derby are replacing Rob Hulse with Steve Davies.


Andy Griffin is being taken off, Zurab Khizanishvili has come on in his place.


Goal!! Reading have scored with Simon Church putting it in the back of the net.


Gilles Sunu is replaced by Dave Martin.


Grzegorz Rasiak is being taken off, Marek Matejovsky has come on in his place.


Brian Howard is being taken off, Brynjar Gunnarsson has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Ivar Ingimarsson.


Goal!! Ryan Bertrand scores for Reading.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 1.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Red Card

It's red. He's off. Saul Deeney has been sent off.

Red Card

It's red. He's off. Saul Deeney has been sent off.


Goal!! Jimmy Kebe scores for Reading.


Goal!! Derby have scored with Gilles Sunu putting it in the back of the net.


Stephen Bywater is replaced by Saul Deeney.


Goal!! Reading have scored with Shane Long putting it in the back of the net.


It's 8pm on Wednesday, March 10th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Reading face Derby at 8pm on Wednesday, March 10th.