Adam Le Fondre's brace helped Reading twice battle back from behind to claim a point against a below-par Derby side.

The Rams struggled to create chances until Theo Robinson met Ben Davies' free-kick with a back-post tap-in.

Le Fondre levelled for the first time with a superb volley but Tomasz Cywka restored Derby's lead when he slid in to meet another Davies cross.

The Royals were behind for only two minutes, with Le Fondre heading home a Hal Robson-Kanu cross to earn the draw.

That extends Reading's unbeaten streak to six matches and it was the least they deserved after controlling possession and territory for much of the match.

Despite scoring twice, Derby failed to find any sort of rhythm for the majority of the evening and have now gone four league games without a win.

Reading, in contrast, started brightly and wasted a glorious opportunity after just five minutes when Mikele Leigertwood charged forward but could only shoot weakly wide with Jimmy Kebe better placed.

Joseph Mills, Kebe and Le Fondre also had tame efforts easily saved by Derby keeper Frank Fielding, who then did brilliantly to keep out a Le Fondre header.

Derby only managed one shot of note before the break, a Jamie Ward back-heel that Adam Federici kept out, but they did improve after the interval.

Robinson was in the right place to turn in their opener before Le Fondre's spectacular reply, but Cywka held off Mills at the back post to put the visitors back in front.

Again, the Royals responded well and Le Fondre got on the end of a delightful cross by Robson-Kanu to power home his second of the night.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 05 Pearce
  • 16 Mills Booked
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 24 Cummings
  • 04 Karacan
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 14 Kebe (Manset - 72' )
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 18 Church (Hunt - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 12 McCarthy
  • 23 Harte
  • 06 Gunnarsson
  • 10 Hunt
  • 22 Manset

Derby

  • 01 Fielding
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Shackell
  • 12 Anderson Booked
  • 24 O'Brien
  • 04 Bryson
  • 18 B Davies
  • 19 Cywka (Ball - 82' )
  • 23 Hendrick
  • 10 Ward (Doyle - 70' )
  • 21 Robinson Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 26 Kilbane
  • 11 Maguire
  • 14 Doyle
  • 25 Ball
Ref: East
Att: 15,704

Match Stats

Shots

10 4

On target

6 1

Corners

9 4

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:22 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:35

Mathieu Manset challenges Gareth Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +4:34 Booking

Booking Theo Robinson is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +4:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kaspars Gorkss by Theo Robinson. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:10

Mathieu Manset gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark O'Brien. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

86:38

Jem Karacan fouled by Callum Ball, the ref awards a free kick. Noel Hunt has an effort direct from the free kick.

86:04

Corner taken by Joseph Mills.

85:32

Corner taken by Joseph Mills played to the near post, clearance by Russell Anderson.

80:53 Substitution

Substitution Callum Ball comes on in place of Tomasz Cywka.

80:53 Booking

Booking Joseph Mills receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

80:43

Joseph Mills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Cywka. Indirect free kick taken by Russell Anderson.

78:48 Substitution

Substitution Simon Church leaves the field to be replaced by Noel Hunt.

76:45

Assist by Hal Robson-Kanu.

76:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Le Fondre - Reading 2 - 2 Derby Adam Le Fondre grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Reading 2-2 Derby.

75:58

Headed effort on goal by Hal Robson-Kanu from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

74:31

Ben Davies provided the assist for the goal.

74:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Tomasz Cywka - Reading 1 - 2 Derby Tomasz Cywka scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-2 Derby.

73:34

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

72:00 Substitution

Substitution Mathieu Manset comes on in place of Jimmy Kebe.

71:01

Jem Karacan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Mark O'Brien restarts play with the free kick.

68:57 Substitution

Substitution Conor Doyle on for Jamie Ward.

68:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Russell Anderson by Joseph Mills. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

68:12

Simon Church takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.

66:51

Tomasz Cywka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu. Joseph Mills takes the free kick.

64:26

Assist by Jem Karacan.

64:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Le Fondre - Reading 1 - 1 Derby Adam Le Fondre fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Derby.

63:12

Shot on goal by Theo Robinson from just inside the area goes over the target.

60:30

Simon Church takes the inswinging corner, save by Frank Fielding.

58:55

Ben Davies provided the assist for the goal.

58:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Robinson - Reading 0 - 1 Derby A goal is scored by Theo Robinson from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Derby.

58:39

Jem Karacan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies. Ben Davies crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing,

57:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Roberts by Jimmy Kebe. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

56:10

Direct free kick taken by Joseph Mills.

56:10 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Russell Anderson for unsporting behaviour.

56:05

Adam Le Fondre fouled by Russell Anderson, the ref awards a free kick.

55:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Cywka by Kaspars Gorkss. Free kick taken by Russell Anderson.

54:11

The referee blows for offside against Simon Church. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Fielding. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills, Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.

52:59

Russell Anderson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Joseph Mills.

51:11

Adam Le Fondre is caught offside. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

50:28

Inswinging corner taken by Simon Church, clearance by Russell Anderson.

49:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood by Jamie Ward. Joseph Mills crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jeff Hendrick makes a clearance.

48:34

Jamie Ward takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

47:27

Simon Church takes the inswinging corner, Frank Fielding makes a save.

46:50

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joseph Mills.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

42:12

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu on Mark O'Brien, free kick awarded. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

40:43

Jimmy Kebe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Roberts. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Davies from left wing, Frank Fielding makes a save.

36:36

Simon Church decides to take the corner short.

34:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Jeff Hendrick. Alex Pearce takes the indirect free kick.

33:51

Unfair challenge on Russell Anderson by Simon Church results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

30:42

Ben Davies takes the inswinging corner, save by Adam Federici.

28:53

Russell Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu. Headed cross/shot by Adam Le Fondre, save made by Frank Fielding.

28:08

The referee blows for offside against Theo Robinson. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.

27:50

Adam Le Fondre takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Frank Fielding.

26:45

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills from the left by-line to the near post, Theo Robinson manages to make a clearance.

24:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tomasz Cywka. Direct free kick taken by Kaspars Gorkss.

20:37

Jamie Ward challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Cummings.

19:26

Shot from just outside the box by Mikele Leigertwood goes over the bar.

18:35

Ben Davies decides to take the corner short.

17:26

Unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Russell Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

13:04

Foul by Jamie Ward on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joseph Mills.

10:55

Theo Robinson has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

9:26

Theo Robinson challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Pearce takes the indirect free kick.

7:47

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line to the near post, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

6:22

Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

4:20

Mikele Leigertwood produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

1:46

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the left by-line to the near post, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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