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Ahead of the game | Derby date for Royals

In-form Rams await Reading on Saturday

3 November 2017

Get the lowdown as we head for Pride Park on Saturday afternoon...

Derby County vs Reading
Saturday 4th November 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Pride Park
3pm kick-off

Following an impressive victory for the Royals on Tuesday night, Jaap Stam face the proposition of travelling to face an in-form Derby County side at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon.

Interviews

Stam: "We need to work very hard to get results"

2 November 2017

The Rams are unbeaten in their last seven league matches, winning all of their past four, and have climbed up to the play-off places in the process.

Gary Rowett's squad has been bolstered by the return of striking duo David Nugent and Jonny Russell, with former Royal and the Rams' top scorer this season, Matej Vydra, also vying for a place in the starting line-up.

Meanwhile, Yann Kermorgant will be continuing his recovery having made two substitute appearances in as many games. He will be hoping to increase his involvement, fresh from signing a contract extension until the summer of 2019.

Furthermore, John Swift's return to fitness has seen an immediate return to form, with the midfielder hoping to build on his midweek brace against Nottingham Forest.

Jaap Stam and his side will hope to build on Tuesday night's victory with another positive result heading into the international break.

  

Club News

Season Ticket holders enjoy exclusive Hogwood visit!

2 November 2017

Travel

Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.

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Odds

Interviews

Sone pleased to take a confidence-boosting performance into Derby

2 November 2017

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, price the hosts as 4/5 favourites, with the Royals out at 18/5 to take three points at Pride Park, and you'll find odds of 5/2 for the spoils to be shared.

Yann Kermorgant is available at 9/4 to score his first goal of the season on Saturday, following his return from injury.

Having now had his first Royals goal confirmed after it was initially given as an own goal, Sone Aluko is priced at 11/4 to add to his Royals tally at the weekend.

*Odds correct at time of publishing, subject to change from Sky Bet.

Officials

Club News

Yann signs up for 2018-19!

1 November 2017

Keith Stroud will be taking charge of proceedings at Pride Park on Saturday. In his six matches so far this season, he has averaged 4.5 cautions per game and has already brandished the red card three times. 

This will be Stroud's first time officiating either side this season, with his last match in charge of the Royals being our 1-0 victory against Leeds United at Madejski Stadium back in April.

He will be assisted on the day by John Flynn and Matt Foley, with Robert Lewis as fourth official. 

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Club News

Extended highlights: Royals cut down Forest

1 November 2017

We would like to thank Derby County for becoming the latest club to reciprocate our 'Twenty's Plenty' offer, whereby away supporters will not be paying more than £20 for a match ticket!

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Rampant Royals rout Rams

Royals hit Derby for four in powerful Pride Park performance

4 November 2017

A quite brilliant Reading performance earned Jaap Stam's men a comfortable 4-2 win at Pride Park this afternoon as goals from Moore, Aluko, Beerens and Barrow were more than enough to beat an in-form Rams outfit who were very much outplayed on the day.

  • Moore heads home the opener after nine minutes, connecting with McShane's flick on.
  • A wonderful left-footed hit from Aluko doubles the Royals' advantage four minutes later
  • Beerens makes it 3-0 early in the second half as he capitalises on a mistake from Davies
  • Johnny Russell capitalises on an error at the back to pull one back for Derby
  • Barrow taps home Edwards' low cross to make it 4-1, but Martin makes it 4-2 late on.

More injury issues forced manager Jaap Stam into more changes ahead of the clash, handing left-back Omar Richards his first league start and naming fellow Academy youngsters Axel Andresson and Josh Barrett on the bench. The likes of Bodvarsson, McCleary, Kelly, Evans, Quinn, Rinomhota, Harriott, Obita, Mendes, Watson and Ilori were joined on the injury list by Joey van den Berg and Sam Smith so missed out.

Reading enjoyed the early possession, with Derby happy to sit deep. And the Royals fashioned the first shot at goal, Aluko finding the space to take aim from 22 yards out but whistling an effort over the crossbar.

The Rams were then forced into an early substitution, former Royals Academy graduate and Player of the Season Alex Pearce replacing the injured Richard Keogh with less than eight minutes played.

And moments later, the Royals took the lead. Swift delivered a superb inswinging corner that McShane flicked on at the near post. Moore rose above everyone to nod the ball home from close range and hand the visitors a 1-0 advantage their start had deserved.

Reading were all over their opponents. And Derby had barely had a kick omf the ball before they found themselves 2-0 behind. Patient but precise in the build-up, Aluko had cut a cross back for Edwards to volley goalwards - but his shot was charged down. Reading recycled it well and Swift played in Aluko who danced his way through a static Derby defence to lash a left-footed effort past Carson and into the back of the net. A wonderful goal.

The home fans were getting hugely frustrated as the Roayls continued to totally dominate, and that frustration spilled onto the pitch as Sam Winnall cynically clipped the heels of Moore to receive a yellow card.



Gary Rowett's men continue to chase shadows as Reading only strengthened their grip on a first half that had been all about Jaap Stam's side's style. But as the first 45 minutes drew near a close, the hosts started to press higher and look for a way of combatting their opponents' tactics. A good flick from Bacuna prevented Nugent from opening up an opportunity.

And in four minutes of added time, Nugent directed a Tom Lawrence cross from the left into a dangerous area - only for an offside flag to be raised against Winnall as he won a header in the six yard box. A free kick gave County a late chance to fill the penalty area with bodies, but Lawrence's delivery was too heavy for everyone. And Mannone calmly gathered a Winnall flick in the last few seconds to send the Royals in 2-0 at the break.

Half time | Derby County 0-2 Reading

Unsurprisingly, the home side came out full of restored intent and peppered the Reading area with crosses in the opening five minutes of the second period - Moore heading behind the best delivery as Rowett's side began to look dangerous.

Despite scuttling to the right, Mannone reacted sharply to dive low to his left and make a good save to deny Lawrence who hooked a shot goalwards from the edge of the box soon after. And Aluko had to be withdrawn with an injury - Yann Kermorgant came onto the pitch.

His first touch was a flick on down the right side of Derby's half and Curtis Davies played a crossfield pass back to Carson - but Beerens nipped in, rounded the Rams keeper, and passed the ball into the open net for 3-0.

It could have been 4-0 when Richards brought the ball out from the back brilliantly and found Beerens in acres of space. Barrow joined him in attack and the Dutchman picked him out with an early ball from right tno left, but Carson was equal to Barrow's stabbed shot and Derby survived a Reading counter attack.



And another Reading break provided the visitors with a carbon copy chance moments later. Beerens again in space down the right picked out Barrow in support. He turned his marker and drove left-footed t goal but this time his shot flew just wide of the left upright.

Lawrence aimed a 30 yard free kick wide of Mannone's goal with 20 minutes remaining. And Derby pulled one back soon after after Mannone tried to pick a pass instead of clear his lines and the Rams capitalised; Russell passing the ball in off the base of the left post to make it 1-3.

But Reading made it 4-1 with a quarter of an hour remaining. Kermorgant won the ball brilliantly in midfield and fed Beerens darting down the left. He supplied the overlapping Edwards down the right and he in turns fizzed a low cross into the middle where Barrow tapped home from close range.

Again on the counter, a rampant Reading threatened, Barrow leading the charge this time but his pass into Swift was just cut out by a backpedalling Pearce as the midfielder looked to go through on goal.

Lawrence scurried onto a quickly taken free kick to force Mannone into a save that the Italian completed comfortably and held onto inside his six yard box.

In the last second of ninety minutes, substitute Chris Martin scored a second Derby goal, sliding in to connect with a cross from the left and convert from close range. And the fourth official signalled seven minutes of added time to give the home side hope of a late comeback. But it wasn't to be as Reading saw out the final stages with relative ease.

A magnificent performance and a thoroughly deserved victory.

Full time | Derby County 2-4 Reading

Derby County: Carson, Wisdom, Forsyth, Keogh (c) (Pearce 8), Davies, Huddlestone, Johnson, Russell, Nugent, Lawrence, Winnall (Martin 64).
Subs: Mitchell, Baird, Thorne, Weimann, Vydra.
Yellow: Winnall, Nugent, Johnson, Martin
Goals: Russell 71, Martin 90

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Richards (Blackett 76), McShane (c), Moore, Bacuna, Edwards, Swift, Barrow (Clement 90), Beerens, Aluko (Kermorgant 53).
Subs: Jaakkola, Andresson, Popa, Barrett.
Yellow: Gunter, Barrow, Mannone
Goals: Moore 9, Aluko 13, Beerens 54, Barrow 75

Att: 25,968 (738 away)

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Ticket News

Derby to reciprocate Royals' Twenty's Plenty campaign!

Rams offer £20 away tickets for travelling Royals in November

9 October 2017

We are pleased to announce that Derby County will be one of the clubs reciprocating our 'Twenty's Plenty' ticket initiative, when the clubs play at Pride Park in November.

That means that no ticket will cost more than £20 for you to get into Pride Park on the day, with anyone aged 65 & Over able to get in for just £14 per ticket!

We have received an initial allocation of 1,105 tickets for this Sky Bet Championship clash, and supporters can take advantage of affordable tickets to give the Royals another excellent away following on November 4th!

Ticket News

Twenty is still plenty

25 September 2017

Derby become the second team this season to have reciprocated our pricing policy, following Birmingham City's decision to do the same earlier in the fixture calendar.

Club News

FREE coach travel to our fans who back the boys at Bramall Lane!

2 October 2017

And alongside some free coach travel to Sheffield United in less than a fortnight's time, it's another example of how we're trying to set the trend in making football affordable.

Tickets are on sale from 9am on Monday 9th October and will remain on sale, subject to availability, until midday on Friday 3rd November 2017. Tickets can be booked online at www.readingfcdirect.co.uk, in person at the Ticket Office or by calling 0118 968 1313.

Prices:
Adult: £20
65 & Over: £14
13 to 17: £11
12 & Under: £6

For full information about tickets for this fixture, just click the button below.

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