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23 September 2014

Key info for tonight's game

Derby County vs Reading
Tuesday 23rd September, 7.45pm
Capital One Cup
The iPro Stadium

Team News
Reading: Defender Stephen Kelly continued his road to recovery after playing 60 minutes for the Royals under-21s against Bolton Wanderers on Monday, while Adam Federici and Michael Hector will be hoping to feature in tonight’s squad following minor injuries. Meanwhile, Oliver Norwood and Glenn Murray are cup-tied, so will not play any part in this fixture.

Derby: First-team coach Paul Simpson revealed there will be a number of changes to the starting line-up ahead of tonight’s clash. This suggests Leon Best, Ryan Shotton and Omar Mascarell could all play while winger Jordon Ibe is in contention for his first start for the Club since joining on a season-long loan from Liverpool. Elsewhere in Steve McClaren’s squad, Jake Buxton, Paul Coutts and Jeff Hendrick will all miss out for the Rams, as they remain on the casualty list.

Advanced tickets are no longer available, though Derby will be selling on the night.

Matchday Prices
£7 for all adults
£1 16 and under

Pre-match talk
Reading defender Jake Cooper: “A cup run is big for the Club, and if we can go far in the League Cup it will be good for the team and bring confidence to the boys. It helps with our league form because we get used to playing with each other and the cup games gives us the chance to try out different things to get wins.”

Royals boss Nigel Adkins: "We've utilised the squad well in the Cup so far but we want to go as far as possible - it'll be great to have a cup run if we can."

Derby first-team coach Paul Simpson: “We probably weren’t dreaming of going to the cup final of the League Cup, but when you are in it, you want to win the games. We’ve won the first couple and we have got another home draw, which is a good one for us and it’s a great opportunity to give other lads a run out and some match time.”

Derby Factfile
Full name: Derby County Football Club
Nickname: The Rams
Founded: 5 February 1884; 130 years ago as an off-shoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club
Ground: The IPro Stadium, Derby
Capacity: 33,597
Owner/Chairman: Andrew Appleby
Manager: Steve McClaren
Last season: 3rd, the Championship

Last five meetings
The Championship – Sat 15 Mar 2014 – Reading 0-0 Derby
The Championship – Sat 21 Sep 2013 -  Derby 1-3 Reading
The Championship – Sat 14 Feb 2012 – Derby 0-1 Reading
The Championship – Tue 18 Oct 2011 – Reading 2-2 Derby
The Championship – Sat 07 May 2011 – Reading 2-1 Derby

Head-to-head record
Reading wins: 20
Draws: 6
Derby wins: 8

Last visit to Derby…
Our side’s most recent visit to Derby was in the Championship last season, as Pavel Pogrebnyak scored twice to help the Royals claim a comfortable victory over the Rams.

Despite a dominant first-half from Steve McClaren’s men, Pogrebnyak put the visitors ahead after the break converting from close-range, before doubling his tally with a sidefoot finish following a Garath McCleary assist.

The hosts pulled a goal back on 80 minutes, setting up a grandstand finish courtesy of Will Hughes, but Nick Blackman sealed all three points for Reading, firing home after a quick counter-attack with just moments to go. 

By car: From the North (M1), exit the M1 at Junction 28 and follow the A38 South towards Derby. Remain on the A38 until the roundabout with the A61 (signposted Derby A61), where the brown football signs will direct you along the A61 towards the iPro Stadium.

If you are travelling from the South (M1) exit the M1 at Junction 25 and follow the A52 West towards Derby. Remain on the A52 for 5.5 miles until you reach the junction for Pride Park. Follow the exit slip road to the Wyvern Way roundabout and once there go straight on (2nd exit) to join Derwent Parade. Go straight on (second exit) at the first roundabout you reach, which is next to the stadium.

By train: The iPro Stadium is approximately a 15 minute walk from Derby mainline station and is well signposted. A new exit has been opened at the station which leads directly onto the retail park

Stadium Address: Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL

Live Commentary
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