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5 classic Madejski Stadium victories against the Rams

15 September 2015

A recap of home triumphs against Tuesday’s visitors

Since moving to Madejski Stadium, we have enjoyed a largely positive set of results against Derby County, who visit once again on Tuesday evening for an 8pm kick-off.

Here is a review of five home wins against the Rams from recent years…

Reading 2-1 Derby County
28th December 2002

Two goals in the opening ten minutes looked like that would be it for the scoring when Derby made their first ever visit to Madejski Stadium – Sammy Igoe had teed up Nathan Tyson for the Royals’ opener, but minutes later he put hand to ball in the box, allowing Craig Burley to score from the spot.

It looked like it was going to be a frustrating afternoon for a dominant Royals side, until Jamie Cureton pounced on Ricky Newman’s centre to win it at the death – and stripped down to his vest in celebration.

Reading 5-0 Derby County
1st April 2006

It was Derby County that were made out to be the April fools on this day – it looked as though Reading, who had been flying in the league, were going to be held to a fourth consecutive draw – until James Harper struck just before the hour. 

And then in the following 24 minutes, Kevin Doyle and John Oster each netted before Shane Long completed the rout with a brace – securing three points of the 106 total in the history-making campaign.

Reading 1-0 Derby County
7th October 2007

Reading and Derby County have only once been in the top flight of English football at the same time – and the Royals completed a seasonal double in 2007/08.  The result had a touch of the inevitable about it, against a Rams side that had not earned a single point away from home (or scored a goal, for that matter) up to that point in the season.

It was a much more tame affair than the 7-4 defeat to Portsmouth a week earlier – the only goal of the game came courtesy of Kevin Doyle, who headed in Graeme Murty’s deflected delivery just after the hour.

Reading 4-1 Derby County
10th March 2010

The Rams’ first-choice stopper had to be subbed after just 13 minutes in this fixture – by that time, Shane Long had already opened the scoring.  Gilles Sunu equalised for the Rams, but Jimmy Kebe restored the home advantage by firing beyond sub goalie Saul Deeney.  Irishman Deeney – who was making his Championship debut, and had been representing Burton in the Conference a year before – lasted just half an hour before bringing down Jay Tabb in the box, leaving the ref with no option but to dismiss the goalkeeper.

So Robbie Savage donned the gloves for remainder of the game – and Long miscued the resultant penalty past the Rams midfield man.  Savage proved surprisingly adept between the sticks, but goals from Ryan Bertrand and Simon Church after the interval sealed the win for the Royals.

Reading 2-1 Derby County
7th May 2011

The final game of the 2010/11 season was purely academic for both sides – Derby had nothing to play for on the final weekend, and Reading had already wrapped up a play-off spot with a goalless draw at Coventry on the previous outing.

Simon Church was hauled down in the penalty area to allow Ian Harte to convert a penalty in trademark fashion, but it was all square before half-time through a stunning Jamie Ward strike.  However Hal Robson-Kanu squeezed in a winner with 20 minutes to spare to round off the regulation season – and, going one better than Jamie Cureton had eight seasons before, Robbie Savage stripped down to his underwear and threw his kit to the travelling Rams fans on his final ever professional outing.

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