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Jason Shackell challenges Jason Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Noel Hunt.
Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Jamie Ward results in a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Theo Robinson on Jem Karacan, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Ward delivers the ball, save by Adam Federici.
Jamie Ward produces a cross, save by Adam Federici.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Roberts by Jason Roberts. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jamie Ward misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
Steve Davies takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Nathan Tyson takes a shot. Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Ian Harte, clearance by Jason Shackell.
Jem Karacan takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Barker.
Hal Robson-Kanu leaves the field to be replaced by Joseph Mills.
Ian Harte takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth Roberts makes a clearance.
Foul by Shaun Barker on Jason Roberts, free kick awarded. Booking for Shaun Barker for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte. James Bailey is brought on as a substitute for Tom Carroll.
Shaun Barker concedes a free kick for a foul on Noel Hunt. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance by Paul Green.
Theo Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kaspars Gorkss. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Steve Davies. Mikele Leigertwood goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Paul Green crosses the ball, Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Jason Roberts fouled by Jason Shackell, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Pearce takes the direct free kick.
Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Robinson. Paul Green takes the direct free kick.
Theo Robinson takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Mikele Leigertwood has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Gareth Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. The referee cautions Gareth Roberts for unsporting behaviour. Alex Pearce restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Jamie Ward from the right by-line played to the near post, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
Nathan Tyson fouled by Matthew Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Davies fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.
Long range shot by Paul Green goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the left by-line, Alex Pearce takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.
Noel Hunt finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Derby 0-1 Reading.Jimmy Kebe provided the assist for the goal.
Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Theo Robinson makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte played to the near post, clearance made by Jeff Hendrick.
Jem Karacan takes a shot. Jeff Hendrick makes a clearance.
Gareth Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe. Matthew Connolly restarts play with the free kick.
Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Green. Frank Fielding takes the indirect free kick.
Callum Ball goes off and Theo Robinson comes on.
Noel Hunt produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Shaun Barker. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.
Effort from the edge of the area by Noel Hunt goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Steve Davies replaces Craig Bryson.
A cross is delivered by Ian Harte, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.
Jeff Hendrick takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kaspars Gorkss. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Connolly by Callum Ball. Matthew Connolly takes the free kick.
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.
Nathan Tyson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Jamie Ward has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the goal.
Headed effort on goal by Jamie Ward from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Green. Paul Green takes the direct free kick.
Gareth Roberts fouled by Jimmy Kebe, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.
Nathan Tyson takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Mikele Leigertwood challenges Tom Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Bryson.
Callum Ball is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Alex Pearce.
Jason Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Roberts. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.
Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball.
Callum Ball takes a shot. Comfortable save by Adam Federici.
Jamie Ward fouled by Mikele Leigertwood, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Ward crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Adam Federici.
Ian Harte takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Shaun Barker.
Noel Hunt fouled by Jason Shackell, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gareth Roberts.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte played to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Tyson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Connolly on Jamie Ward. Jamie Ward takes the direct free kick. Matthew Connolly is cautioned.
Kaspars Gorkss fouled by Callum Ball, the ref awards a free kick. Kaspars Gorkss takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Ian Harte, Paul Green manages to make a clearance.
Paul Green delivers the ball, Adam Federici makes a save.
Ian Harte concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Ball. Paul Green takes the free kick.
Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bryson. Jeff Hendrick restarts play with the free kick.
Noel Hunt is caught offside. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
Fielding okay for Rams
Derby expect Frank Fielding to continue in goal for the visit of Reading despite suffering a head injury against Millwall at the weekend.
Fielding needed four stitches in a wound on the side of his head following the goalless draw at The Den. The England Under-21 goalkeeper suffered the gash as he went to collect a cross in stoppage time.
Manager Nigel Clough said: "Frank has got a little cut on the side of his head but he's okay."
Clough will check on the fitness of John Brayford after a thigh problem forced the defender to miss the trip to Millwall. The Rams will err on the side of caution after a thigh injury put Brayford out for nine matches earlier this season, so midfielder Paul Green could continue to fill in at right-back.
Leading scorer Theo Robinson might be involved after missing the last three games with a calf injury while fellow striker Steven Davies is pushing for a place in the squad following his skull fracture in mid-October.
Davies has featured in the last three reserve-team matches and has been given the all-clear to play without his protective mask.
Reading manager Brian McDermott will have to cope with injuries to a number of first-team regulars.
The Royals will be without captain Jobi McAnuff at Pride Park. Winger McAnuff requires a minor groin operation and is set to be sidelined for a number of weeks, with Joseph Mills likely to continue on the left of midfield.
Full-backs Andy Griffin and Shaun Cummings suffered injures in training last week and neither took part in the 2-0 weekend win over Coventry at the Madejski Stadium.
Matthew Connolly and Ian Harte are therefore set to fill in on either side of defence against the Rams.
Jimmy Kebe and Mikele Leigertwood made their returns from respective knee and thigh knocks against the Sky Blues on Saturday and, although neither completed 90 minutes, they are both expected to feature on Tuesday night.
Tomasz Cywka will be hoping to make his first Reading start against his former club, while striker Simon Church could be set for a recall in place of Noel Hunt.
Goal Hunt ends for Noel
Noel Hunt ended his goal drought as a 1-0 win at Derby propelled Reading into the npower Championship play-off places.
Hunt provided a rare highlight in a dull encounter at Pride Park when he headed the only goal of the game just after the hour mark.
It was the first time the Irishman had found the back of the net in 10 matches since scoring a last-gasp winner for the Royals at Ipswich on November 26.
It gave Reading a third straight league win and the three points lifted Brian McDermott's side one place to sixth in the table.
Derby saw their three-game winning run at home in the Championship ended but a bright note from the night for them was the return to action of Steven Davies following four months out with a fractured skull.
Davies was included in the matchday squad for the first time since suffering the injury during the Rams' 1-1 home draw with Southampton on October 15 and the striker made his long-awaited comeback as a half-time substitute.
Derby manager Nigel Clough stuck with the same players that started the goalless draw at Millwall on Saturday, with midfielder Paul Green continuing at right-back in place of the injured John Brayford.
On-loan striker Ryan Noble was not involved and he will return to Sunderland when his loan expires tomorrow.
Reading made one change with Hal Robson-Kanu replacing Joseph Mills, who was amongst the substitutes.
Former Derby forward Tomasz Cywka was not included due to an agreement between the clubs when the Pole made his move to the Madejski Stadium last month.
It was a dire affair that must have struggled to maintain the interest of even the most devout Ram or Royal.
Neither goalkeeper saw the ball until midway through the first half, and even then Adam Federici's save from Callum Ball's tame header was as routine as they come.
Federici caught a long-range effort from Nathan Tyson soon afterwards.
At the other end, Frank Fielding made a similar stop from Hunt's 20-yard shot.
If Clough introduced Davies for the start of the second half in a bid to liven things up - midfielder Craig Bryson was the man to make way - it did not work.
Hunt missed with two efforts from just outside the box shortly after the interval.
The game's defining moment came in the 61st minute. Derby forward Jamie Ward felt he had been fouled on the edge of the Reading box but the referee waved play on and the Royals broke swiftly.
Jimmy Kebe led the charge down the right and his cross was headed home by Hunt from six yards out.
The visitors seemed to settle for that.
Derby continued to toil but were unable to fashion any sort of scoring opportunity.
Theo Robinson, another Rams striker named on the bench at the start of the game after injury, and Green had efforts from long range but missed the target.
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