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  • Date:07 May 2011
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:21,902
  • Harte - pen (23) Robson-Kanu (71)
  • Ward (31)

Live Commentary


Shot from just outside the area by Ben Davies goes over the bar.


Jeff Hendrick takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.


The offside flag is raised against Shaun Cummings. Dean Leacock takes the indirect free kick.


Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.


Conor Doyle on for James Bailey. Jeff Hendrick replaces Alberto Bueno.


Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line.


Noel Hunt replaces Mathieu Manset.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Davies on Shaun Cummings. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.


Simon Church is ruled offside. Russell Anderson takes the indirect free kick.


Header by Simon Church from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.


Hal Robson-Kanu grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 2-1 Derby.


Brynjar Gunnarsson replaces Mikele Leigertwood.


Ben Davies takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.


Jay Tabb challenges John Brayford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Russell Anderson takes the free kick. Booking for Jay Tabb.


The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Dean Leacock.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Taylor by Russell Anderson. Russell Anderson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Matt Mills takes the direct free kick.


Shot by Alberto Bueno from outside the box goes high over the crossbar. (Derby) makes a substitution, with Ben Davies coming on for Stephen Pearson. Jake Taylor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michail Antonio.


Corner taken by Ian Harte, clearance made by Robbie Savage.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Jamie Ward. Direct free kick taken by Alberto Bueno.


Foul by Alex Pearce on James Bailey, free kick awarded. Robbie Savage takes the indirect free kick.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Ian Harte, clearance made by Russell Anderson.

46:50 +1.50

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio by Daniel Ayala. Placed penalty missed by Ian Harte.

45:56 +0.56

The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

45:09 +0.09

The referee blows for offside. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.


James Bailey concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Tabb. Free kick taken by Jay Tabb.


Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line played to the near post, Ross Atkins makes a save.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Savage by Michail Antonio. Free kick taken by Robbie Savage.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Robbie Savage on Mathieu Manset. Direct free kick taken by Matt Mills.


Mathieu Manset takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.


Jay Tabb is ruled offside. John Brayford restarts play with the free kick.


James Bailey has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.


Jamie Ward fires in a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Derby.


Ian Harte takes a corner.


Stephen Pearson challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikele Leigertwood takes the free kick.


Foul by Mathieu Manset on John Brayford, free kick awarded. John Brayford takes the indirect free kick.


Russell Anderson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. Placed penalty scored by Ian Harte. Reading 1-0 Derby.


Jay Tabb fouled by Robbie Savage, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Savage shown a yellow card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Hal Robson-Kanu from left wing, Dean Leacock makes a clearance.


Simon Church takes a shot.


Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Hal Robson-Kanu misses to the right of the target.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Leacock by Mathieu Manset. Ross Atkins takes the indirect free kick.


Outswinging corner taken by Hal Robson-Kanu, Stephen Pearson makes a clearance.


Alberto Bueno takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Unfair challenge on Matt Mills by Daniel Ayala results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.


Jamie Ward is caught offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.


Daniel Ayala is adjudged to have handled the ball. Shot on goal comes in from Ian Harte from the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Jamie Ward. Free kick taken by Alberto Bueno.


Effort on goal by Mathieu Manset from just inside the area clears the bar.


Mathieu Manset challenges Robbie Savage unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Savage takes the free kick.


Mathieu Manset produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

Match Preview

Long set for Royals rest Reading manager Brian McDermott will rest striker Shane Long for the Championship finale at home to Derby. Long has had a brilliant season for the Royals - scoring 23 goals - but has drawn a blank in his last four appearances and will be given the day off with the club's place in the play-offs secured. Winger Jimmy Kebe has missed the last three games with a thigh injury and will again miss out, though he is expected to be fit for the start of the play-offs. Forwards Mathieu Manset and Simon Church will be given starting roles as McDermott looks to end the regular season with a win. Goalkeeper Adam Federici returned to the side for the goalless draw at Coventry last weekend and is set to keep his place after fully recovering from the knee injury which put him out of action for nine games. Derby manager Nigel Clough could give his side a youthful look. Ross Atkins may be handed his debut. The 21-year-old would become the fifth goalkeeper used by the Rams this season after Stephen Bywater, Frank Fielding, James Severn and Brad Jones. Clough is also thinking about giving starts to midfielder Jeff Hendrick and forwards Conor Doyle and Callum Ball. "The Reading game is a chance to start one or two of the youngsters," said Clough. "Ross, Jeff, Conor and Callum are all in with a shout for Saturday." The match will see Robbie Savage make his final appearance for Derby as the veteran midfielder is set to retire at the end of the season.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott


Formation: 442Manager: Nigel Clough


  • Adam Federici
  • Shaun Cummings
  • Matt Mills
  • Alex Pearce
  • Ian Harte
  • Michail Antonio
  • Jay Tabb
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Simon Church
  • Mathieu Manset
  • SUBS
  • Alex McCarthy
  • Brynjar Gunnarsson
  • Shane Long
  • Noel Hunt
  • Brian Howard
  • Jake Taylor
  • Sean Morrison



Match Report

Royals gear up for play-offs with win Reading warmed up for the play-offs with a 2-1 win as Derby skipper Robbie Savage brought the curtain down on an eventful career. Unfortunately for Savage - a player never too far away from controversy - he was not at the races as the Royals secured fifth place and a two-legged clash with Cardiff. Ian Harte, enjoying an Indian summer at the Madejski Stadium, scored his 13th goal of the season from the spot to open the scoring, but Jamie Ward equalised from Derby`s first real chance. Daniel Ayala, who had brought down Simon Church for Reading's opener, then fouled Michail Antonio in the area for a second penalty, but this time Harte hit the post from 12 yards. They were not to be denied, though, and a scruffy strike from Hal Robson-Kanu after 72 minutes secured a deserved victory. Reading made six changes as boss Brian McDermott had one eye on the club's play-off campaign. Church and Mathieu Manset started in attack, while Robson-Kanu, Jay Tabb, Shaun Cummings and Alex Pearce also came in. Derby handed full debuts to young goalkeeper Ross Atkins and striker Callum Ball. Dean Leacock started for the first time since the end of January, Ward was back after a ban, while Savage was playing the final game of his career. The Royals started brightly, with Manset fizzing a shot wide from distance in the third minute. The January signing from Hereford was looking dangerous and he came close again shortly afterwards, racing clear and dinking the ball over Atkins, but his effort also cleared the crossbar. Winger Robson-Kanu sent a diving header just wide, before Church cut inside and unleashed a superb shot from 22 yards which crashed back off the crossbar. It was all Reading, and they took the lead from the penalty spot after 24 minutes. Savage gave the ball away to Church and he was brought down by Rams defender Ayala in the box. Veteran full-back Harte stepped up to confidently despatch his spot-kick. Derby had offered little but found themselves on level terms in the 32nd minute. Ward collected the ball 25 yards out and sent a stunning swerving effort past Adam Federici and into the bottom corner. Ball volleyed wide from just outside the box, before the Rams had the ball in the net again, only this time Stephen Pearson was flagged for offside. Reading spurned the chance to go into the interval in front as Harte thumped the base of the post with his second spot-kick after Antonio had brought another foul from Ayala in the area. April's manager of the month McDermott saw his men take control of the second half, with Church and the lively Robson-Kanu both seeing shots deflected wide. Derby's response came from substitute Ben Davies, but Federici got down well to push away his low drive in the 65th minute. Man-of-the-match Robson-Kanu grabbed the winning goal in the 72nd minute. Brynjar Gunnarsson won the ball which looped up for Church and his header found its way to Robson-Kanu who squeezed the ball in via a deflection. Church could have sealed the win but his right-foot curler was saved by Atkins, while at the other end Federici proved the hero with a superb stop to keep out Jeff Hendrick's thunderbolt.

Form Guide

  • Reading
  • VS
  • Derby

Last Meetings

  • Derby
  • 1 - 2
  • Reading
  • 18/12/2010
  • Reading
  • 4 - 1
  • Derby
  • 10/03/2010
  • Derby
  • 2 - 1
  • Reading
  • 28/11/2009
  • Derby
  • 0 - 2
  • Reading
  • 21/04/2009
  • Reading
  • 3 - 0
  • Derby
  • 08/11/2008
  • Reading
  • 5 - 0
  • Derby
  • 01/04/2006

Top Scorers


  • S Long 15
  • N Hunt 10
  • JB Kebe 9
  • I Harte 7
  • S Church 5
  • J McAnuff 4
  • H Robson-Kanu 4
  • J Karacan 3
  • M Mills 2
  • M Manset 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • M Antonio 1


  • S Davies 5
  • A Bueno 5
  • T Cywka 4
  • J Ward 3
  • P Green 2
  • C Porter 2
  • T Robinson 2
  • B Davies 1
  • S Barker 1
  • S Pearson 1
  • D Leacock 1
  • J Brayford 1
  • J Bailey 1



    • Total goals 125
    • Goals per game 75
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 10 (For) 10 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 18 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 107
    • Goals per game 57
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 8 (For) 10 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 13 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 9 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 9 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 12 (Against) Period 81-90 mins