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Royals’ proud record at Pride Park

12 January 2016

A look at seven wins in nine away to the Rams

Ahead of our visit to Derby in the Sky Bet Championship this evening, we take a look back at some memorable wins at Pride Park...

We have a good record on their travels to Derby, and have won seven out of their last nine agaisnt the Rams on the road.  With another clash between the two clubs at the iPro Stadium this evening, we remember those seven victories!

Derby 0-3 Reading, Sky Bet Championship, 2ndMay 2015

A superior goal difference meant Derby needed just a draw to stay in the top six; but after a nervy start the Royals took an early lead when Kwesi Appiah a second-minute opener.  Darren Bent missed a chance to level when his penalty was well saved by Royals keeper Adam Federici just before the break. 

Michael Hector's shot doubled the lead for the Royals when his shot found the back of the net, with Garath McCleary sealing the points for the visors when he coolly converted from the penalty spot.

Derby 1-2 Reading, FA Cup Fifth Round, 14th February 2015

It was Hal Robson-Kanu that gave the Royals the lead when he scored on the 53rd minute.  This came shortly after Stephen Warnock had been sent off on his Derby debut for fouling Jamie Mackie. 

Darren Bent's fifth goal in as many games leveled the scores in the all-Championship tie eight minutes later to give the home side hope as Derby were in the ascendancy.  But with a replay beckoning, it was the Royals that struck when January signing Yakubu fired in a low left-footed shot.  The Nigerian came off the bench to score his first goal for Reading and secure an FA Cup fifth-round victory at Derby

Derby 1-3 Reading, Sky Bet Championship, 21st September 2013

Pavel Pogrebnyak scored twice to help Reading secure a comfortable victory at Derby, who at the time were struggling for home form.  Despite Derby dominating the first half, they couldn’t make the pressure count against a resuilient Royals defence. 

The home side fell behind after the break as Jordan Obita's free-kick was headed down by Alex Pearce and Pogrebnyak hooked in.  BFR scored again with a sidefoot from 10 yards when Garath McCleary's cross bounced off Johnny Russell.  Derby midfielder Will Hughes curled in for Derby late on as the Rams looked to get back in the game, but Nick Blackman destroyed any hopes of a comeback fired Reading's third on the 90th minute.

Derby 0-1 Reading, Sky Bet Championship, 14th February 2012

It was Royals striker Noel Hunt who was the match winner in a game of few chances at Pride Park when he grabbed the game’s only goal.  The Irishman's header from Jimmy Kebe's cross was enough to make sure of the points with neither side creating many openings. 

Derby's Theo Robinson and Paul Green tried their luck from long range but neither came close to dragging the hosts back to parity.  Derby had won three on the bounce at home before their meeting with the Royals but the win for Reading ensured they moved into the top six.

Derby 1-2 Reading, npower Championship, 10th December 2010

Two goals from Shane Long were enough to earn Reading a win over Derby at Pride Park back in December 2010.  Heading into the game the Royals had been on a run of five straight draws something Reading were determined to end by getting a victory at Pride Park. 

Long opened the scoring just before half time from the penalty spot. The Royals stirker was bought down by Rams man Shaun Barker and made no mistake when he stepped up to taker the kick from 12 yards.  Derby drew level on the hour mark as Kris Commons headed home Paul Green's cross at the far post.  A fantastic display from goalkeeper Adam Federici kept Reading in the game with the Aussie shot stopper pulling of a number of top drawer saves.  Long netted his and Reading’s second in the 88th minute, ending the Royals drawing run and giving them a deserved 2-1 away win.

Derby 0-2 Reading, 21st April 2009, Coca-Cola Championship

Reading made a strong start to the game dominating for large spells. Royals striker Shane Long had a goal disallowed for offside and Dave Kitson had his bullet header ruled out for the same reason. 

The Royals found the breakthrough when Kitson headed past Stephen Bywater in the Derby goal; good work from Jimmy Kebe down the left hand side picked out Kitson in the box who made no mistake, heading Reading into a deserved lead.  Derby looked to rally but were unable to respond and the Royals doubled their lead when Long broke the offside trap to slot past Bywater and make sure of the points.

Derby 0-4 Reading, 11th May 2008, Barclays Premier League

An emphatic victory for the Royals at Pride Park could not prevent relegation for Steve Coppell’s men.  Reading beat Derby with some ease but were still relegated to the Championship after Fulham's late victory away at Portsmouth with the Royals needing to better the Cottagers' result. 

Reading took the lead in style, not looking like a team threatened with relegation, when James Harper curled a fine shot into the top corner.  Dave Kitson made it two when he converted Leroy Lita's cross and Kevin Doyle prodded in a third to put the game beyond doubt.  Lita powered in a late header to finish off a fine display for the Royals, but the victory was a hollow one as Reading were cruelly relegated on goal difference - a heart-breaking end to the season for Royals fans and manager Steve Coppell.

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