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21:41 14th February 2012

Report: Hunt header beats Derby

Derby 0
Reading 1 (Hunt 60)

A second half header from Noel Hunt gave Reading all three points away to Derby this Tuesday evening.

The Royals were the more dangerous side, with Hal Robson-Kanu prominent, and a very good breakaway saw us secure an eighth win in ten games; Hunt heading home a super Jimmy Kebe cross.

This Reading side is in the very admirable habit of securing wins in a professional and efficient manner, and victory came at a Pride Park where Derby had won their last four consecutive League games.

We now go into Friday night's match with Burnley with a further spring in our step, and look forward to getting back in front of our own fans. And with 521 in the away end tonight, they deserve extra credit as they follow the team in this run of excellent form.

Reading (4-4-2): Federici; Connolly, Harte, Gorkss (c), Pearce; Karacan, Leigertwood, Kebe, Robson-Kanu (Mills 81); Hunt, Roberts
Subs: Andersen, Tabb, Church, Le Fondre
Booked: Connolly (foul 10), Leigertwood (foul 71)

Derby (4-3-3): Fielding; Green, Roberts, Barker (c), Shackell; Bryson (Davies HT), Carroll (Bailey 78), Hendrick; Tyson, Ward, Ball (Robinson 54)
Subs: Buxton, Legzdins
Booked: Roberts (foul 67), Barker (foul 77)

Attendance: 22,567 (521 away)

Ref: G Eltringham

Starting XI team news:
Reading made one change, Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Joseph Mills on the left wing, with Mills moving to the bench.

First half:
The opening ten minutes didn't result in a chance, although Noel Hunt was denied a decent run at goal by an offside flag.

Both teams were looking comfortable on the ball, and Jason Roberts had half a chance from Hal Robson-Kanu's nice cross but couldn't lean to connect.

Robson-Kanu was soon denied by a good Shaun Barker tackle in the box, then a high hanging cross from Jimmy Kebe dropped in the area and Roberts was close to connecting.

Midway through the period Adam Federici was called upon to punch clear under pressure from Barker - although the Derby man looked very much offside.

Robson-Kanu was looking lively, and put in a very good cross from the left wing that nearly found Kebe at the back post. Then a lovely turn from Roberts forced Derby to defend well, before Nathan Tyson had an effort comfortably saved.

Derby were having plenty of ball but not in dangerous areas, and Noel Hunt then had half a sight of goal from Roberts' flick but Frank Fielding saved comfortably.

Coming close to half time Reading were turning the screw, and an excellent Ian Harte cross found Hunt but his headed connection was not up to the standard of the ball in, and that was the end of the first period.

Second half:
Reading had a couple of sniffs early in the second half, but both Hunt efforts were off target.

Coming into the hour mark the Royals were enjoying a good spell, and Hunt capitalised on a cracking break to make it 1-0.

Derby's Jamie Ward thought he was fouled, but play was allowed to continue and Reading broke superbly. Robson-Kanu found Hunt well, and he in turn spread it to Kebe. The winger stood up a great cross, and Hunt headed it down and into the net.

Then Roberts showed super feet inside the area and was about to pull the trigger but Derby defended well, not for the first time.

It continued to be cagey, with Reading defending well but also liively on the counter attack.

And so the Royals did a professional job, and our excellent away support of 521 was delighted to see us take three more points.

    Data provided by Press Association